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Turkey Wedding Bomb Blast: 30 Dead and 90 Injured

A blast at an outdoor wedding in the south Turkish city in Gaziantep,Turkey has at least killed 30 people and injured 94.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said alleged islamic State (IS) was likely to have carried it out amid reports of a terrorist targeting the party.

The attack, in a locality popular with university students, may be heard across the city.

Gaziantep, close to the Syrian border, is known to have many IS cells.

The BBC’s Seref Isler, who is from Gaziantep, says the city was already jittery before the attack as a result of events in Syria, where IS has been battling Syrian Kurdish forces.

A suicide bomber believed to have connections with IS killed 2 policemen in Gaziantepin could.

According to analysis by Mark Lowen of BBC News, IS is known to have operatives in Gaziantep.

Turkey has been hit by a series of bombs both by Kurdish and IS militants in the past year. The last IS attack, on Istanbul airport in June, 2016 killed no fewer than 40 people.

The jihadists have recently lost ground in northern Syria, as well as a former stronghold, Manbij. Syrian rebel soldiers are getting ready to advance more into the IS-held province in Jarablus.

If this bomb was the work of IS, there will be speculation it was a reprisal attack, meant as a show of strength by a group on the defensive.

culled from: bbc news


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