Turkey to hire 15 000 new police officers

2016-03-16 23:25
The  Turkish flag-draped coffin of Murat Gul, 20,  who died in the Ankara attack. (Burhan Ozbilici, AP)

The Turkish flag-draped coffin of Murat Gul, 20, who died in the Ankara attack. (Burhan Ozbilici, AP)

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Ankara - Turkey's ruling party has submitted a bill to parliament to recruit 15 000 new police officers to boost counter-terrorism efforts after the Ankara suicide car bombing, according to documents seen on Wednesday by AFP

Turkey has been on high security alert after a string of terror attacks on its soil including the bombing in the heart of the capital Ankara on Sunday that killed 35 people.

The new police will mainly be concentrated in counter-terror branches, according to the motion presented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The bill is expected to be discussed in committee next week and be speedily passed by the full house.

"The state's most basic mission is to ensure that its citizens lead a life in peace and safety far from fear or worries," the proposal says, adding that the biggest responsibility in this regard lies with the police department in charge of fight against any form of crime.

The multiple attacks targeting Turkey, which faces double threat of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Islamic State group, have put the question of security under the spotlight.

Nobody has yet claimed Sunday's attack but the government blamed the PKK, designated as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the international community.

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