ISTANBUL, Turkey-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said early signs point to Daesh’s involvement in Saturday’s deadly blast that targeted a wedding ceremony in southeast Turkey.
Speaking to reporters in Istanbul Sunday, Erdogan said a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 was involved in the attack, adding the bomber either blew himself up or was remotely detonated.
Commenting on the latest casualty toll, the president said at least 51 people were killed and 69 others were wounded, including 17 critically.
“The initial findings of the governor and our police forces indicate the attack has been perpetrated by Daesh. As you know, Daesh is trying to position and organize itself in Gaziantep. Security operations have been conducted and are still being conducted against the terrorist organization,” Erdogan said.
The shoe of a young victim and a piece of metal lay near the scene just hours after Saturday’s bomb attack in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, early Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey killing dozens of people and wounding dozens more. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said the “barbaric” attack in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday appeared to be a suicide bombing. Turkish authorities have put a temporary ban on distribution of images relating to Saturday’s Gaziantep attack within Turkey.
People carry dead bodies into ambulances after an explosion in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, early Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. A bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey killed several people and wounded dozens. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said the “barbaric” attack in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday appeared to be a suicide bombing.