Funeral ceremony held for Turkey’s Suruc bombing victims

Mass funeral ceremony is held on Tuesday for Suruc suicide bombing victims as families bid their farewell

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A mass funeral ceremony for 28 of the victims who died in a suicide bombing in Turkey’s border town Suruc was held on Tuesday in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep before they were sent to their hometowns across Turkey for burial.

The funeral ceremony was held in Gaziantep where the postmortem investigation was completed.

The victims of the families bid their farewell as they mourned and shouted slogans in the courtyard of the Bahaddin Nakipoglu Mosque in the Asri Cemetery where funeral prayers were held.

32 people were killed on Monday when the massive explosion hit the garden of the Amara Culture Centre where members of the far-left pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting, before crossing into Syria to help the people of Kobani.

The names of 30 out of 32 Suruc bombing victims were identified on Tuesday after a postmortem investigation and 28 of the bodies of the victims were given to their families for funeral services.

One of the youngest victims in the bombing was 17-year-old Okan Pirinc. The high school student Pirinc was seeking to start university next year. Pirinc was buried on Tuesday in his hometown of Hatay.

Another victim of the bombing was Hatice Ezgi Sadet who was 20-year-old student at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. Sadet was buried on Wednesday in Istanbul.

A provincial assembly member from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Bursa, Ferdane Kilic and her son Nartan Kilic were also among the victims of Suruc bombing. Ferdane's daughter Sinem Kilic survived with minor injuries from the bombing.

On Tuesday, 14 of the victims who were brought to their hometowns by their families were buried in nine different cities across Turkey.

Funeral services for the other 14 victims continued to be held on Wednesday. Since six of the services were held in Istanbul, the governorate of Istanbul issued a statement saying that they took measures to prevent any type of provocations which may happen during funeral services.

Meanwhile, the suspect who carried out the suicide bombing in Suruc was identified as 20-year-old Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz according to DNA tests, Turkish officials reported on Wednesday.

Alagoz is suspected to have links with ISIS.

TRTWorld and agencies