>> The death toll in Saturday's Istanbul bombings has risen to 44 according to Turkey's health ministry. 36 of the dead were police officers. Wreaths laid Monday morning at a makeshift memorial outside the Vodafone Arena, where the blasts took place. Responsibility for the twin suicide attacks has now been claimed by an offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK.
Wasting no time in making its response with an emergency meeting held Sunday. Reuters Turkey Bureau Chief, Nick Tattersall.>> Well, a few hours after the claim of responsibility by an offshoot of the PKK, the Turkish military launched airstrikes in Northern Iraq on PKK camps. The Turkish armed forces have carried out airstrikes in Northern Iraq against PKK targets relatively frequently.
But I think the expectation is that those will now increase.>> As Istanbul mourned, there were more detentions across the nation, too. Turkish police holding about 235 people following raids across the country. They targeted officials from the pro-Kurdish people's Democratic party. Those arrest, probably just the beginning of the government response.
>> It will go looking for the PKK and its supporters wherever they may be. So the expectations now is for intensified military operations in the south east and potentially elsewhere in Turkey where the government feels it needs to go against the PKK and the sympathizers.>> Turkey's conflict with the PKK was already fierce.
Fighting in the south east of the country at it's most intense since the 1990's. Saturdays's events, only likely to make things worse.