At least 50 people have been killed and some 100 more injured in a blast that targeted a wedding ceremony in Turkey’s southeastern Gaziantep province
At least 50 people have been killed and some 70 more injured in a blast that targeted a wedding ceremony in Turkey’s southeastern Gaziantep province.
The suicide bomber who attacked the wedding party was a child between the ages of 12 and 14, President Tayyip Erdogan said.
In comments shown live by broadcaster NTV, Erdogan also confirmed that 51 people had died in the blast, and 69 were wounded. Seventeen of the injured were "heavily" wounded, Erdogan said.
According to Gaziantep Governor Ali Yerlikaya, the “terror attack” took place in the Sahinbey district’s Akdere neighborhood late on Saturday. Earlier, the governor’s office put the death toll at around 30.
A parliamentary deputy from the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group is responsible for the attack.
"We wish God's mercy for those who have lost their lives in this cruel attack, and for the injured, a quick recovery," said a statement released by provincial governor's office, confirming the incident’s death toll.
"We strongly condemn this cruel terror attack and those carrying it out," it added.
After the blast, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) announced that some of its members were present at the wedding where a large number of women and children were also present.