31 killed in huge blast in Turkish border town near Syria

Huge explosion hits Suruc district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa, killing and injuring dozens

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

A huge explosion has hit the district of Suruc in the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa, which borders with Syria.

According to Turkish media, the explosion occurred in the garden of the Amara Culture Center where members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting regarding “rebuilding Kobane.”

The youth group was planning to cross into to the Syrian border settlement of Kobane to distribute humanitarian aid and assist in rebuilding the city.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that 31 people were killed and more than 100 people were wounded in the blast.

Prime Ministry sources said that PM Davutoglu instructed three ministers - Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Interior Minister Sebahattin Ozturk and Labour and Social Security Minister Faruk Celik to head to Suruç following the explosion.​

It has been claimed that a fragmentation bomb caused the blast in the town, which is located 10 km (6.2 miles) from Kobane.

Turkish media reported the Suruc district governor as saying it is possible the incident was a suicide bombing.

Suruc deputy chair Ismail Kaplan from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) claimed that the attack was carried out by ISIS.

Many ambulances and medical teams were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The wounded have been taken to state hospitals in Suruc District and Sanliurfa city center.

The explosion shattered windows and security forces have been deployed in the area.

An investigation has been launched by the ministry into the incident.  

Video footage of the Suruc bombing surfaced showing the blast occurred as members of the SGDF were reading a press release.

TRTWorld and agencies