A car bomb in Kayseri, Turkey, on Saturday killed 13 off-duty soldiers and injured 56 other people traveling on a bus. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the attack on Kurdish militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
"The style and goals of the attacks clearly show the aim of the separatist terrorist organization is to trip up Turkey, cut its strength and have it focus its energy and forces elsewhere," he said. "We know that these attacks we are being subjected to are not independent from the developments in our region, especially in Iraq and Syria." Seven people have been arrested in connection to the bombing.
Last week, Kurdish militants affiliated with a PKK offshoot claimed an attack that killed dozens near an Istanbul soccer stadium.