Turkey seeks to identify child suicide bomber

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More

Aug 22, – The attack late Saturday on a street wedding in the city of Gaziantep was latest in a devastating series of bombings in Turkey at a time when the country is riven by internal upheaval and shaken by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Turkey seeks to identify child suicide bomberTurkish authorities were on Monday scrambling to identify a child suicide bomber acting on the orders of Islamic State (IS) jihadists who killed 54 people at a crowded Kurdish wedding close to the Syrian border.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the bomber was aged “between 12 and 14” and that initial findings showed it had been “perpetrated by Daesh (IS)”.

Media said the majority of those dead were children or teenagers, with 29 of the 44 victims identified so far aged under 18. At least 22 victims were under 14, a Turkish official added.

There were no further details on the bomber, but Erdogan said IS had been trying to “position itself” in Gaziantep, which lies just 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Syria and is a major hub for refugees from the over five-year civil war.

The death toll rose to 54 after three of those in the most critical condition died in hospital in the early morning, the Dogan news agency reported.

Sixty-six people were still in hospital, 14 of them in a serious condition.

The Hurriyet daily said that DNA tests were under way to ascertain the identity, nationality and gender of the bomber.

It is possible that the bomber had come over the border from Syria but IS is also known to have built homegrown cells inside Turkey in Gaziantep and even Istanbul, wrote its well-connected columnist Abdulkadir Selvi.

He said Turkish security forces believed that attack had been timed as retaliation by jihadists for offensives both by Kurdish militias and pro-Ankara Syrian opposition forces against IS in Syria.

“There’s a fight against IS but we are paying the price,” he wrote.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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