Erdoğan vows to take steps to reinstate capital punishment

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A handout picture taken and released on August 1, 2018 by the Turkish Presidential Press service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) consoling a relative of a mother and her 11-month-old baby, killed after a roadside bomb, during their funeral, in Sivas. / AFP PHOTO

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the funeral of terror victims in Sivas province on Wednesday, saying he would take steps to reinstate capital punishment in Turkey, the T24 news website reported.

“You know my feelings about the death penalty. I would approve it if parliament were to pass the law again,” Erdoğan told the attendees of the funeral.

A roadside bomb exploded on Tuesday night in Hakkari’s Yüksekova district, killing 25-year-old Nurcan Karakaya and her 11-month-old infant.

According to reports in the Turkish media, the bomb was detonated by remote control by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists as Karakaya was returning from a visit to her soldier husband at a military base.

Erdoğan also pledged to fight the PKK “until the last terrorist dies.”

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