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Published 12/10/2015 | 07:02

Family members of Korkmaz Tedik, a victim of Saturday’s bomb blasts, mourn over his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Ankara
Family members of Korkmaz Tedik, a victim of Saturday’s bomb blasts, mourn over his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Ankara
Authorities in Russia claim to have foiled a terror attack plot in Moscow

Turkey is targeting Islamic State in its investigation of a double suicide bombing in Ankara that killed up to 128 people.

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However, opponents of President Tayyip Erdogan blamed him for the worst such attack in Turkish history.

Thousands of people gathered near the scene of the attack at Ankara's main railway station, many accusing Mr Erdogan of stirring nationalist sentiment by his pursuit of a military campaign against Kurdish militants, a charge Ankara vehemently rejects.

"Murderer Erdogan", "murderer police", the crowd chanted as riot police backed by water cannon vehicles blocked a main highway leading government buildings.

A man comforts a victim after the blast
A man comforts a victim after the blast

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Russia's counter-terrorism agency says it has raided a Moscow apartment and arrested a group of people who were preparing to carry out an attack in the capital.

Russian news agencies, citing law enforcement sources, said more than 100 residents of the apartment building were evacuated during Sunday's raid and supplies of natural gas were cut off for the duration.

Russia says 2,400 of its citizens have joined the Islamic State group.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike in western Iraq, but the fate of group's reclusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remains unknown.

Iraq said its air force had hit a convoy that was carrying Baghdadi.

Baghdadi has survived a year of US-led air strikes and wars in two countries since proclaiming himself caliph of all Muslims, after his forces swept most of northern Iraq last year.

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Meanwhile the Irish front pages are dominated with the news that a Gardaí was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident last night.

The officer Tony Golden, a father of three, was responding to a 999 call in the village of Omeath in County Louth when he was killed by a suspected IRA gunman – named locally as 24-year-old Adrian Crevan Mackin.

A woman was also seriously injured in the incident and is being treated in hospital.

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Also making the front pages today is the Ireland's historic win over France in the Rugby World. The win means the Irish team avoids a quarter-final clash with New Zealand.

The victory came at significant cost with Jonny Sexton, Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony all suffering injuries.

Read More: Irish dig deep to beat Les Bleus after trio of blows

Joe Schmidt poses for a photo with fans after the victory
Joe Schmidt poses for a photo with fans after the victory
Sean O'Brien is tackled by France's Remi Tales as Robbie Henshaw (left) rushes to his assistance, closely shadowed by Mathieu Bastareaud
Sean O'Brien is tackled by France's Remi Tales as Robbie Henshaw (left) rushes to his assistance, closely shadowed by Mathieu Bastareaud

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