Suicide bomb victims 'mostly children' in Turkey

    Suicide bomb victims 'mostly children' in Turkey

    Aug.22, Anka: Most of the victims of the bombing of a Kurdish wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday were children, local media reports said.

    According to reports, 29 victims were under the age of 18, with one official saying 22 were under the age of 14. The death toll rose to 54 on Monday.

    The suicide bomber himself was a child aged 12-14, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. He has blamed so-called Islamic State (IS) for the attack.

    Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, is known to contain several IS cells.

    On Monday, Turkish officials were awaiting the results of DNA tests as they tried to identify the suicide attacker, the Hurriyet newspaper said.

    It added that the type of bomb, which contained scraps of metal, was similar to those used in previous attacks on pro-Kurdish gatherings.

    Kurdish fighters, backed by the US-led coalition, have been at the forefront of the fight against IS in Syria.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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