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27 killed in huge blast in Turkish border town near Syria

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Huge explosion hits Suruc district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa, killing and injuring dozens.

A huge explosion hit the district of Suruc in the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa, which borders with Syria. Many casualties from the incident have been reported.

According to Turkish media, the explosion occurred at the garden of the Amara Culture Center where members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting about “rebuilding Kobane.”

The youth was planning to cross into Kobane to distribute humanitarian aid and to rebuild the city of Kobane.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that 27 people were killed and more than 100 people were wounded in the blast.

Prime Ministry sources said that PM Davutoglu instructed three ministers – Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Interior Minister Sebahattin Ozturk and Labour and Social Security Minister Faruk Celik to head to Suruç following huge explosion.

Turkish media reported Suruc district governor says there is possibility of suicide bombing.

Suruc deputy chair Ismail Kaplan from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) claimed that the attack was carried out by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

Many ambulances and medical teams were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The wounded have been taken to state hospitals in the Suruc District and the Sanliurfa city center.

It is claimed that a fragmentation bomb caused the blast in the town, which is located 10 km (6.2 miles) from the Syrian border town of Kobane.

The explosion shattered windows and security forces have been deployed in the area.

An investigation has been launched by the ministry.

Resource: TRT World, July 20, 2015

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