At least 50 dead after Isis attack during wedding


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Jun 27, 2016
"A bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in south-eastern Turkey killed at least 50 people and wounded 94 others.

Deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek said the ‘barbaric’ attack in the city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday appeared to be a suicide bombing.

Other officials said it could have been the carried out by either Kurdish militants or Islamic State group extremists.

Photos taken after the explosion showed several bodies covered with white sheets as a crowd gathered nearby.

Turkey has been rocked by a wave of attacks in the past year that have either been claimed by Kurdish militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party – known by its acronym PKK – or were blamed on IS.

The attack comes as the country is still reeling from last month’s failed coup attempt, which the government has blamed on US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers.

Mr Simsek, interviewed on NTV television, said: ‘This was a barbaric attack. It appears to be a suicide attack. All terror groups, the PKK, Daesh, the (Gulen movement) are targeting Turkey. But God willing, we will overcome.’ Daesh is an Arabic name for the IS group.

He later traveled to Gaziantep along with the country’s health minister to visit the wounded and inspect the site of the attack.

‘This is a massacre of unprecedented cruelty and barbarism,’ he told reporters in Gaziantep. ‘We … are united against all terror organisations. They will not yield.’

He told reporters it was too soon to say which organisation was behind the attack."

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