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27 killed in Turkish blast

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This screen grab image taken on July 20, 2015 shows rescue workers working at the yard of Amara Cultural Center in Suruc district of Sanliurfa province in southeastern Turkey where an explosion happened. At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in the huge explosion near the border with Syria on Monday

At least 27 people were killed and scores of others injured in a blast in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province near the Iraqi border, a media report said.

This screen grab image taken on July 20, 2015 shows rescue workers working at the yard of Amara Cultural Center in Suruc district of Sanliurfa province in southeastern Turkey where an explosion happened. At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in the huge explosion near the border with Syria on Monday
This screen grab image taken on July 20, 2015 shows rescue workers working at the yard of Amara Cultural Center in Suruc district of Sanliurfa province in southeastern Turkey where an explosion happened. At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in the huge explosion near the border with Syria on Monday

“We are concerned that the number of deaths will increase,” Hurriyet Daily quoted Turkey’s interior ministry as saying in a statement following the blast which occurred in Suruc district in the morning.

The district houses many refugees who fled fighting in Kobane between Islamic State (IS) militants and Kurdish fighters since last September, when IS overran Suruc.

The ministry said it suspected the blast was carried out by an 18-year-old female suicide bomber from the IS terror group.

About 300 members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations were staying at the Amara Culture Centre, as part of a summer expedition to help rebuild Syrian town of Kobane, which lies across the border from Suruc district, the media report said.

The centre, run by the Suruc municipality under the control of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), frequently hosts visiting journalists and volunteers who work with refugees from Kobane.

“It’s a big massacre. The probability of a suicide bomber is very high,” Leyla Guven, an HDP official, said.

 

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