Middle East

Initial findings show ISIS carried out bomb attack: Turkey PM

Medics carry out a body after an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, near the Syrian border, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)

ANKARA: Initial investigations indicate that ISIS militants were responsible for a suicide bomb which killed 30 people in a town near the Syrian border Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

"Preliminary findings point to it being a suicide attack carried out by Daesh," Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara, using an Arabic name for ISIS. "But we are not at a point to make a final judgement."

Davutoglu said the bomber had not yet been identified.

The bomb attack ripped through a cultural center in Suruc, a townopposite the Syrian flashpoint of Kobani, leaving 30 people dead and 104 wounded.

Davutoglu denounced it as a "clearly terrorist attack" which targeted Turkey's peace, democracy and public order.

"This attack targets us all," he said, urging all political parties and people to demonstrate unity.

The pro-Kurdish HDP party blamed the Davutoglu government for a security and intelligence vacuum in relation to the bombing.

Davutoglu dismissed the criticism and said: "Turkey has always taken measures against Daesh and similar kind of organizations."

Turkish authorities have cracked down on ISIS networks, arresting dozens of suspects in recent weeks, and beefed up its border with Syria with tanks and anti-aircraft missiles as well as additional troops.

The prime minister said it was obvious that the measures had caused discomfort within ISIS.

"Daesh constitutes a threat not only to Syrian people but also to Turkey," he stressed.

 

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