At least 51 people have been been killed and nearly 100 injured after a Muslim child suicide bomber ripped through a Kurdish Muslim wedding party. Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said it was likely (but not confirmed) that ISIS was behind the attack which saw the bomber, a young boy, thought to be aged between 12 and 14, blow himself up among people dancing in the street in the city of Gaziantep.
UK Daily Mail Horrified witnesses to the attack in Gaziantep on Saturday said there was “blood and body parts everywhere.” TheMuslim terrorist attack is the deadliest bombing this year in Turkey, which faces threats from militants at home and across the border with neighbouring Syria.
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Horrified witnesses to the attack in Gaziantep on Saturday said there was “blood and body parts everywhere.” Blood stains and burns marked the walls of the narrow lane where the wedding party was attacked while women in white and checkered scarves cried sitting crosslegged and waiting outside the morgue for word on missing relatives.
‘The aim of terror is to scare the people but we will not allow this,’ said Deputy Prime Mehmet Simsek, who also represents Gaziantep in the Turkish parliament. ‘It is barbaric to attack a wedding,’ he told Turkish television.
Simsek 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 organizations. They will not yield.’ He told reporters it was too soon to say which organization was behind the attack.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim condemned the bombing that turned ‘a wedding party into a place of mourning’ and vowed to prevail over the ‘devilish’ attacks.
Governor Ali Yerlikaya told Anadolu Agency the attack took place in Akdere neighborhood of Sahinbey district on the southern outskirts of the city.
The lawmaker added that it was the type of attack that could have been launched by the Islamic State (IS) group or the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
‘The explosion took place during a wedding. According to initially available information, the ceremony was being held outdoors,’ the official said.
Just north of the Syrian border, Gaziantep has become a major hub for Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country’s civil war.
Turkey has already been hit by a bloody year of militant attacks in its two biggest cities that have left dozens dead.
Kurdish militants have twice struck in Ankara in deadly attacks, while IS suicide bombers have twice killed tourists in the centre of Istanbul.
'Islamic State child bomber' kills at least 51 at Turkey wedding