Mourners in Istanbul carry the coffin of a victim of a twin bombing in the Turkish capital, Ankara. About 100 people were killed in the blasts at a peace rally. (Tolga Bozoglu/EPA)

On Saturday, twin bomb blasts ripped through a large peace rally in the Turkish capital, Ankara, killing nearly 100 people and injuring dozens. The attack, considered the worst terrorist incident in Turkey's modern history, shocked the nation. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that authorities suspect the Islamic State carried out the assault.

But tensions are mounting in the wake of the carnage, with critics of Davutoglu's Justice and Development Party, or AKP, pointing accusatory fingers at the ruling party and the country's powerful president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The past few months have seen the resumption of hostilities between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the PKK, a separatist organization deemed a terrorist group by Ankara and Washington.

The targeted event in Ankara was a rally for peace organized by leftist groups and a prominent pro-Kurdish party. Now, as funerals and memorials were being held for the dead, Turkey's volatile political divisions have become even more pronounced, as WorldViews explained over the weekend.

No prominent officials from the AKP attended major public funerals and commemorations held in Istanbul, Ankara and elsewhere, perhaps out of fear of angry crowds.

In Istanbul, mourners carried the coffins of some of the victims, draped in Kurdish flags.


Relatives carry a coffin during the Istanbul funeral of one of the victims of the twin bombing. (Yasin Akgul/AFP via Getty Images)

Relatives mourn near the grave of a victim in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images)

Mourners in Istanbul collect photos of carnations to be used as badges before a funeral for victims of Saturday's Ankara bombing attacks. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

Selahattin Demirtas, the charismatic leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, a leftist, pro-Kurdish party that helped convene the ill-fated rally on Saturday, joined in the commemorations.


Selahattin Demirtas, center, leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, embraces relatives of a victim during a funeral in Istanbul. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

In the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, a prominent Kurdish center, protesters clashed with security forces.


People carry the coffin of Abdullah Erol, a victim of Saturday's bomb attack, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. (Mahmut Bozarslan/AP)

Riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators during a protest in the Kurdish-dominated city of Diyarbakir against last week's bombings in Ankara. (Sertac Kayar/Reuters)

At a ceremony in Ankara attended by HDP officials and other leftists, relatives of victims made powerful speeches.


Emel Kitapci, wife of Ali Kitapci, one of the victims, and her son Artun Siyah Kitapci, 11, hug during a demonstration at the site of the explosions in Ankara. (Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images)

Emel Kitapci and Artun Siyah Kitapci, the wife and son of Ali Kitapci, one of the victims, attend a commemoration in Ankara. (Umit Bektas/Reuters)

"We wanted peace. We wanted this for Kurds, Turks, poor people, laborers.... But they wanted death for us," said Emel Kitapci, whose husband died at the Saturday rally. "They are murderers, and we know who the murderer is! But we do not collapse. We struggle with our moral and conscience. And it will go on. They can kill us one time, but we are born thousand times again." According to local media reports, she consoled her sobbing son.

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