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Alleged Suicide Bombing Kills 50 in Turkey

21 Aug 2016 | Written by Mansi Motwani; Edited by Gaurav
Wedding Blast in Turkey

On 20th August, 2016, a terror attack targeted towards Turkey, killed up to 50 people and left 94 wounded.

According to reports, in a massive outdoor wedding in the province of Gaziantep, the attack was caused due to a suicide bomber blowing himself up.

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack, wishing the injured a quick recovery.

In context: Wedding Blast in Turkey

21 Aug 2016Alleged Suicide Bombing Kills 50 in Turkey

Erdogan's suspicion of ISIS

In a statement that he made on 21st August, 2016, Erdogan called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria "the likely perpetrator of the attack in Gaziantep."
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About the Attack

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The suspected suicide bombing took place at a Kurdish wedding as people danced on the street.

Local Governor Ali Yerlikaya told a news agency that the attack occurred at 11 pm in the Akdere neighbourhood of the Sahin Bey district, Gaziantep.

Ambulances were dispatched to the scene immediately and an urgent appeal for blood was put out by the Turkish Red Crescent.

PKKTurkey's Conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party

Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was formed in late 1970s; they initiated an armed struggle against the Government of Turkey in 1984.

The struggle called for an independent Kurdish State within Turkey.

Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK called for a ceasefire in March 2013, which ended in July 2015.

PKK's cries for secession and the violence caused by the same has killed 40,000 people.

ISIS in Turkey

The Islamic State of Isis and Syria (ISIS), having a strong presence on the Syrian border of Turkey, is suspected of carrying out attacks on military and civilians ever since Turkey allowed America to launch air attacks from its military bases.

Previous BlastsFatal attacks faced by Turkey in 2016

On 30th July, 35 Kurdish fighters stormed Turkey's military base and were killed.

Ataturk airport in Istanbul witnessed a gun and bomb attack which killed 41 people on 29th June; IS militants were blamed for the same.

On 13th March, a suicide car bombing in Ankara killed 37 people.

28 people died in an attack on a military convoy in Ankara on 17th February.

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Wedding Party turned into a place of Mourning: Turkey PM

Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, said, "No matter what this treacherous terror organization is called, we as the people, the state and the government will pursue our determined struggle against it."

22 Aug 2016Erdogan: Gaziantep suicide bomber was 12-14 years old

Turkish officials said that the Gaziantep wedding bombing, touted to have been carried out by ISIS, was carried out by a suicide bomber who was 12-14 years old.

Government sources added that at least 22 of the 51 victims were under 14 years old.

ISIS has so far refrained from claiming responsibility for the attack and has not claimed a single attack in Turkey.