Dead bodies are covered by newspapers at the explosion site where tens of people were killed and scores others injured, in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
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Turkey Tuesday stepped up security on the border with Syria after a suicide bombing blamed on ISIS extremists killed 31 people and raised fears of a spillover of the Syrian conflict onto its territory.Monday's attack in a town on the border with Syria was one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years and the first time the government has directly accused the ISIS of carrying out an act of terror on Turkish soil. The activists had arrived in the mainly Kurdish town to take part in a rebuilding mission for the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane just over the border, which Kurdish forces had retaken from ISIS earlier this year.ISIS, which has claimed swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq right up to the Turkish border has so far not claimed the attack.NATO member Turkey's main aim in the Syria conflict has been the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad and containment of pro-Kurdish groups and, so far, is yet to play a full role in the coalition against ISIS.
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