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Turkish police detain 9 over blast at ruling party HQ

Turkish police on Friday detained nine people in connection with attacks on the headquarters of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and the justice ministry, state-run Anatolian news agency reported. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) claimed responsibility for the attacks in the capital Ankara on Tuesday, which Erdogan saw as an attempt to derail peace talks. Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), ordered his militants on Thursday to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflict in which 40,000 people have been killed. Both organisations were formed in the 1970s with similar leftist ideologies. But they have taken divergent paths and the DHKP-C - which is pursing its own fight with the state - would have little to gain from a peace settlement.

The DHKP-C has following a revolutionary and virulently anti-American path, while the PKK has focused on Kurdish identity.

Tuesday's attacks were carried out following the detention of 12 alleged DHKP-C members in Istanbul. Police also raided 14 locations in Ankara on Friday, Turkish media reported.

Since January, Turkish police have detained more than 100 alleged DHKP-C members and seized weapons in operations against the group.

In February, a DHKP-C suicide bomber killed himself and one security guard at an entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

The DHKP-C, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey and the United States, wants a socialist state and often attacks what it describes as imperialist or colonialist interests and nations.

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