Bomb attack in Turkey kills 30 activists; IS suspected

July 21, 2015 08:33
Demonstrators in Istanbul hold a minute of silence for the victims during a protest against the bomb attack in the border town of Suruc on Monday. Photo: Reuters

A bomb attack in the Turkish town of Suruc has killed at least 30 people during a meeting of young activists to discuss the reconstruction of the neighboring Syrian town of Kobane, BBC reported.

Around 100 others were wounded in the explosion, which may have been caused by a female suicide attacker from the Islamic State group, the report said.

Kobane has seen heavy fighting between IS militants and Kurdish fighters. It was retaken by the Kurds from IS forces earlier this year.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said initial findings suggested the attack was the work of IS.

"Turkey has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures against Islamic State," Reuters quoted Davutoglu as saying at a news conference in Ankara. 

"Measures on our border with Syria... will be increased." 

The blast happened outside a cultural centre, where members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations, the organizer of the event, were issuing a press statement.

The activists had been planning to travel to Kobane to help with rebuilding the town.

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