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51 die in Turkey wedding blast

Gaziantep-An Islamic State group suicide bomber as young as 12-year-old attacked an outdoor Kurdish wedding party in southeastern Turkey, killing at least 51 persons and wounding dozens of others, the Turkish president said today.
The bombing late last night in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, was the deadliest attack in Turkey this year.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking live on national television in front of Istanbul’s city hall, said the attacker was aged between 12 and 14. He said 69 persons were wounded, with 17 of them in a critical condition.
“It was clear that Daesh had such an organisation in Gaziantep or was attempting to make room for itself in recent times,” Erdogan said, using an alternative acronym for the IS.
“Many intensive operations were conducted, are being conducted. Of course our security forces will be conducting these operations with even greater intensity.” A bus driver who shuttled some of the guests from Siirt to Gaziantep said that he couldn’t believe the party was targeted.
“This was a wedding party. Just a regular wedding party,” Hamdullah Ceyhan told Anadolu. The attack was deplorable.

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