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Damaged vehicles are seen at the scene of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, March 13, 2016.
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From Washington, this is VOA News....

I’m Joe Palka reporting

Bombing attack in Turkey kills 37…

Turkey's military said its warplanes carried out 18 strikes Monday, targeting Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

The strikes, against the Kurdistan Workers Party, otherwise known as the PKK, came a day after a car bombing killed at least 37 people in Ankara.

There has been no claim of responsibility, and Turkish officials said they expected to announce the results of the investigation on Monday.

Turkish forces have been carrying out an offensive against the PKK since July when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the fight would continue until every militant is defeated.

In Ivory Coast, Sunday's deadly attack on beachgoers outside the commercial capital of Abidjan was the country's first real brush with terrorism.

The attack killed 14 civilians and left 22 wounded. The government says two soldiers were also killed, as well as six attackers.

Emilie Iob reports from the streets of Abidjan.

“There is the usual hustle and bustle on the streets of Abidjan Monday, but the day is far from normal.

Abidjan resident Yoan Gueï says “psychosis has set in, and is big.” He says “we are scared that maybe they could come to Abidjan.”

One local headline calls it a “bloodbath.” Another simply reads “We are all Grand-Bassam.” The seaside town is just 50 kilometers outside Abidjan.

Militant sect AQIM claimed the attack in a short message sent to a local Sahelian news site. For over a decade, AQIM has primarily operated farther north in the Sahara desert.

But West Africa has been on alert following recent attacks on upscale hotels in Bamako and Ouagadougou.

Emilie IOB for VOA News, Abidjan.”

Of the 14 civilians killed, so far only two are confirmed to be from Ivory Coast.

This is VOA News.


Words in This Newscast

warplanes – n. military airplanes

otherwise – adv. in a different way; adj. not the same

beachgoer – n. someone who often spends time at the beach or along the seaside

commercial – adj. related to or used in the buying and selling of goods and services

brush – n. a brief experience or event

hustle and bustle – expression a large amount of activity, usually in a noisy environment

psychosis – n. a very serious mental condition or disorder

scared – adj. frightened

headline – n. the subject written over a story in a newspaper or magazine

bloodbath – n. a violent killing of many people

sect – n. a religious group that is part of a larger organization

decade – n. a period of 10 years

alert – n. something that tells people about some danger or problem; a warning

upscale – adj. a relating to people who have a lot of money

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