At Least 50 Killed After Explosion In Southern Turkey


Time: 10:56 a.m. CEST

At least 50 died and 73 others are injured in a blast, which happened during a wedding on August 20 in southeastern Turkey, the Hurryiet Daily News publishes. The explosion happened in Beybahce neighborhood of the Sahinbay district in Gaziantep province, the Gaziantep Governor’s Office said in a statement, as Hurryiet Daily News reports. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a statement in which he condemned the attack, pointed out that Islamic State group was the “likely perpetrator.”

Erdogan said that, “Those, who cannot overcome Turkey and try to provoke people by abusing ethnic and sectarian sensitiveness, will not prevail.” As Turkish President pointed out, the aim of the attacks like in Gaziantep, “was to show division between different groups in Turkey, such as Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen and spread incitement along ethnic and religious lines.”

The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) that focuses on the Kurdish issue, in a statement said the wedding was for one of its members. Women and children were among those who died. Last October in an explosion at Ankara’s train station, Islamic State militants with suicide bombers killed at least 100 members of the HDP, Republican People’s Party (CHP) and left-wing parties. Violence erupted again this week with the PKK killing at least 12, mostly police and soldiers, in separate attacks, the Hurryiet Daily News reports.

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