Just weeks after a similar attack killed 29 people in the Turkish capital Ankara, a devastating car bomb has yet again claimed dozens of lives and injured more than a hundred. Authorities say they are pursuing concrete leads in the hunt for bombers.
Ambassador Martin Erdmann was at the courthouse to attend the hearing of former HDP head Selahattin Demirtas, who is facing terror charges. Turkey has cracked down on the opposition party since the failed coup in 2016.
There are still five German citizens or dual nationals sitting in Turkish prisons on legally dubious charges, according to Berlin. Ankara has been accused of using terror charges to crack down on political opposition.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson kept mum after meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara. The talk between the top US diplomat and Turkey's president was said to address regional tension.
German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel has returned to Germany after spending more than a year in a Turkish prison, jailed without charges. His release comes as six fellow journalists were sentenced to life in prison.
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