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Turkish authorities claimed that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible for the murder of three Turkish soldiers in Hakkari on Oct. 25, but the PKK denied responsibility. A Turkish officer was shot by masked men in Diyarbakır. An estimated 50 to 150 Free Syrian Army soldiers crossed over from Turkey into Syria to assist Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State in Kobane. A convoy of Peshmerga fighters en route to Syria was greeted by welcoming crowds in Mardin.
Turkish and American officials are investigating letters containing an unidentified yellow powder that were sent to the consulates of the US, Belgium, Canada, France, and Germany in Istanbul; nine people have been sent to the hospital for observation. Turkish media reported that Basil Hassan, a Dane wanted by Denmark for attempting to kill writer Lars Hedegaard, was released by Turkish officials sometime in July, not during a prisoner swap with the Islamic State in September. The Justice Ministry refused to disclose whether Islamic State militants Çendrim Ramadani, Benjamin Xu, and Muhammed Zakiri are still in custody. Police detained 17 students after clashes at Istanbul University between Islamic State supporters and opponents. Intelligence reports warned that Islamic State cells plan to carry out suicide bombings in seven Turkish provinces.