At least 30 dead in suspected ISIL suicide bombing in Turkey's border with Syria

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An explosion has killed at least 30 in a municipal culture center in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district, as scores of people have been hospitalized.

"We are concerned that the number of death will increase. The perpetrators will soon be found and put on trial," Turkey's interior minister said in a statement on July 20.

Upon his arrival in Şanlıurfa, Interior Minister Sebahattin Öztürk confirmed that the death toll reached to 30. “We believe that it is a suicide bomb attack. No name has yet been designated concerning identity of the suicide bomber,” Öztürk also said.

There is speculation that the blast was caused by a 18-year-old female suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We will not only condemn this attack but we will also find those responsible and bring them to justice. This attack targeted peace, democracy and public order in Turkey,” said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in a press conference in Ankara.

Davutoğlu confirmed ISIL was the prime suspect, adding that 43 people, 9 of them with serious injuries, were hospitalized after the attack. He also called on all political parties to come together and issue a joint statement condemning terrorism.

Kobane event of socialist youths targeted

At least 300 members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) were staying at the Amara Culture Center as part of a summer expedition to help rebuild Kobane, which lies directly across the border from Suruç.

The culture center, which is run by the Suruç Municipality under the control of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), frequently hosts visiting journalists and volunteers who work with refugees from Kobane, which had been repeatedly attacked by ISIL in the past months.

Upon his arrival in Nicosia for an official visit, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called authorities, including Şanlıurfa Gov. İzzettin Küçük, in order to get further information concerning the attack, sources from the presidential office told the state-run Anadolu Agency.

The Health Ministry has dispatched 33 land ambulances, each with three paramedic staff on board and a helicopter ambulance.

According to a statement by the ministry, there is no blood stock shortage, while intensive care units at nearby provinces have been instructed to remain on alert.


Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan was the first senior government official to make a public statement concerning the attack, harshly condemning it in messages posted to his Twitter account.

“These terrorist attacks aimed at Turkey, our nation’s unity and integrity and serenity and peace will not achieve their goal in any way,” Akdoğan said, vowing that “the state, the government and the nation” will foil the attacks.

“No terrorist attack can bring Turkey down and hit our unity and integrity. We will foil this dirty plot with common sense,” he said.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu joined the condemnations of the deadly attack via his Twitter account.

“The treacherous attack in Suruç has burned our hearts. The grief of losing our young children is unspeakable. I condemn terror and those who support it,” said Kılıçdaroğlu.

In addition to the members of the Cabinet, a technical delegation by the Interior Ministry and a delegation from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) also left for the region.

Meanwhile, a crisis desk chaired by Prime Ministry Undersecretary Kemal Madenoğlu has been regularly briefing Davutoğlu, said news reports.


Photo: Özcan Soysal/DepoPhotos

Kadir Ergün, an eyewitness, told CNNTürk that he was 100 meters away from the explosion. "It is hard to describe it with words. Blood donations are urgently needed. The people of Suruç are now called to donate blood," he added.

İsmail Kaplan, the HDP's deputy head in Suruç district, told journalists that a simultaneous suicide bombing hit the town center of Kobane, too. Speaking to daily Hürriyet, security sources in Ankara have confirmed this claim.

"If it is Daesh [ISIL], it will not stay in Suruç. Very soon we could end up like Syria," said Muhsin Kızılkaya, a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Following the attack, the U.K. Embassy in Ankara has also updated its travel advice for Turkey, underlining that terrorist attacks by various groups could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners.

“Border crossings into Syria and nearby locations have also been targeted,” the Embassy said, referring to the July 20 attack.

The hashtag #SuruçtaKatliamVar (There is a massacre in Suruç) entered the worldwide trending topics list on Twitter soon after the explosion.

"It's a big massacre. The probability of a suicide bomber is very high," HDP deputy Leyla Güven told Habertürk. "Suspect information has been provided related to the number of deaths. Some say that everyone in the group died."

This photo shot five minutes before the explosion shows the group, daily Hürriyet reported:


And this photo was shot soon after the explosion:




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Damn, these scums spread their terror machine inside most ME countries. I think countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and maybe Egypt could all engage in collective military operation against ISIS, Assad and the government of Iraq.

RIP to the dead and wishes of speed recovery to the wounded.
 
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Damn, these scums spread their terror machine inside most ME countries. I think countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and maybe Egypt could all engage in collective military operation against ISIS, Assad and the government of Iraq.

RIP to the dead and wishes of speed recovery to the wounded.
It is sad incident that this attack happened in Turkey. But the dead are PKK sympathizers. I saw a video of them sending their regards to Apo (jailed PKK leader) just before they traveled to Suruç. I can't feel bad for them.
 
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It seems somehow even more sad that young people who get together to do a good thing in the world are murdered in this way. It is like a tangible attempt to kill hope. Because you people coming together to help a suffering community are the closest thing to the embodiment of hope in regions of conflict as I can think of.

For me it is not so important if you do a good thing under a banner of the political left, or right, or a religion, or whatever. If you organize to help people in need that is always good. I don't even care that much if maybe they had some bad ideologies, they were a band of kids going to help rebuild a devastated place, that is more important. And any entity that tries to destroy such a thing is evil.

If someone is murdered, or their child is murders, I feel bad for them no matter what. I feel bad for the Mom of the suicide bomber too, I very much doubt this is what she raised her precious baby to do.
 
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It seems somehow even more sad that young people who get together to do a good thing in the world are murdered in this way. It is like a tangible attempt to kill hope. Because you people coming together to help a suffering community are the closest thing to the embodiment of hope in regions of conflict as I can think of.

For me it is not so important if you do a good thing under a banner of the political left, or right, or a religion, or whatever. If you organize to help people in need that is always good. I don't even care that much if maybe they had some bad ideologies, they were a band of kids going to help rebuild a devastated place, that is more important. And any entity that tries to destroy such a thing is evil.

If someone is murdered, or their child is murders, I feel bad for them no matter what. I feel bad for the Mom of the suicide bomber too, I very much doubt this is what she raised her precious baby to do.
How would you feel, if a group of your countrymen shouts in the streets saying "Osama bin Laden we are sending our regards to you" and goes to the aid of al-Nusra (al-Qaeda affilated group).... how would you feel then ?

And PKK terrorists opened fire on military today in Adıyaman and martyred one Turkish soldier.
Officer killed, 2 soldiers injured by PKK in Adıyaman

Excuse me but i'm totally not feeling for these terrorist sympathizers.
 

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It is sad incident that this attack happened in Turkey. But the dead are PKK sympathizers. I saw a video of them sending their regards to Apo (jailed PKK leader) just before they traveled to Suruç. I can't feel bad for them.
ISIS is trying to start a clash of civilizations based on political, racial and religious groups. Im sure the Turkish authorities are well aware of that.
 
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Damn, these scums spread their terror machine inside most ME countries. I think countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and maybe Egypt could all engage in collective military operation against ISIS, Assad and the government of Iraq.

RIP to the dead and wishes of speed recovery to the wounded.
Why only ISIS, Assad and the government of Iraq,why not include the PYD/YPG/PKK?
For us Turks,they are our biggest enemies.
 

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Why only ISIS, Assad and the government of Iraq,why not include the PYD/YPG/PKK?
For us Turks,they are our biggest enemies.
Me certainly see ISIS as an ultimate threat but having the said groups into the equation will be great for the region as well.
 
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Oh, another sad news with that killing of 30 innocent people. And to think that the suicide bomber is a young female. That reminds me of the 3 university students in London who all left for Syria to join ISIS. And when the 3 girls were tracked by their parents, it was a surprise that they had married into ISIS, being wives of the rebels. It's really a sad episode for that family whose daughters were baited and lured into that trap.