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Terror attack comes after Turkey's intensified anti-ISIS fight

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Speaking to Daily Sabah, Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) foreign policy coordinator, Ufuk Ulutaş, said that the prime suspect in the attack is ISIS, which simultaneously conducted another bomb attack in Kobani, which is just on the Syrian side of the border from Suruç.

An explosion took the lives of at least 31 people and injured 76 more on Monday in the Suruç district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, which is located some 10 kilometers north of Syrian town of Kobani. The terrorist attack that took place at the garden of Amara Culture Center of Suruç Municipality has been caused by a suicide bomber according to Şanlıurfa governor.

Twenty-three were killed at the scene of the explosion, while seven people died in hospitals due to their wounds. Suruç District Governor Abdullah Çiftçi confirmed the death toll at 30 while stating that 20 people still remain in critical condition.

Speaking to Daily Sabah, Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) foreign policy coordinator, Ufuk Ulutaş, said that the prime suspect in the attack is ISIS, which simultaneously conducted another bomb attack in Kobani, which is just on the Syrian side of the border from Suruç. The strongest motive behind the attack is Turkey’s intensified efforts in fighting ISIS with the U.S.-led coalition.

Earlier this month retired Gen. John Allen, who was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to build the coalition, held talks in Ankara with Turkish officials. Turkish authorities have also detained and arrested dozens of suspected ISIS members.

Ankara has banned over 13,000 foreign citizens from entering the country and deported nearly 2,000 potential foreign fighters who were either caught entering Syria or stopped at the border in accordance with intelligence provided by ally countries.

Resource: Daily Sabah, July 20, 2015

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