Turkey under attack from terror groups, must respond in kind – Erdogan

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak attend a funeral ceremony for police officer Hasim Usta who was killed in Saturday's blasts, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Turkey is facing the biggest attack in its history from terrorist groups and needs to retaliate in kind, President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to local administrators in the presidential palace on Wednesday.

Turkey has been hit by a series of bombings blamed on Islamic State and Kurdish militants this year and is pursuing a crackdown on the followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it blames for a failed coup attempt in July.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Nick Tattersall)