Turkish PM calls for unity after Suruc bomb attack

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to press calling for unity after bomb attack in border town of Suruc, which killed at least 30 people

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for solidarity following Monday’s bomb attack that killed at least 30 people in the border town of Suruc.

"We are at a moment when everyone should stand shoulder to shoulder against this attack," Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara.

The blast in Sanliurfa province, next to the Syrian border, is thought to have been caused by a suicide bomber targeting activists who planned to visit the Syrian town of Kobani after it was devastated by fighting between Kurdish forces and ISIS.

Davutoglu said 104 people were injured in the “atrocity,” nine of whom are in a critical condition.

"We face a terror act in which we will have to bring the perpetrators to account as well condemning and cursing the attack," he said.

The prime minister added: "We are ready to take necessary measures against those who have responsibility and negligence for the attack, including mainly Daesh [ISIS]."

He called on the international community to show its support against terrorism.

"It is not the day to align the AK Party and the Turkish government with Daesh in line with the aspirations of some international circles,” Davutoglu told reporters, referring to his Justice and Development Party. “It is the day to raise your voice against terror."

In a statement, the Interior Ministry described the attack as a “terror attack that targeted our country’s unity and integrity.”