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Reuters: Turkey vows to cleanse Islamic State from its border after wedding attack kills 54
20:34, 22 August 2016
Reuters: Turkey vows to cleanse Islamic State from its border after wedding attack kills 54

Turkey vows to 'cleanse' border region of Islamic State

20:34, 22 August 2016

AA, TRTWorld and agencies

Turkey vowed on Monday to "completely cleanse" Islamic State militants from its border region, after a suspected suicide bomber with links to the group killed 54 people, including 22 children, at a Kurdish wedding.

Saturday's attack in the southeastern city of Gaziantep is the deadliest in Turkey this year. It was carried out by a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, adding that initial evidence pointed to Islamic State.

Related: EU promised to strengthen cooperation with Turkey in the fight against terrorism

A senior security official told Reuters the device used was the same type as those employed in the July 2015 suicide attack in the border town of Suruc and the October 2015 suicide bombing of a rally of pro-Kurdish activists in Ankara.

Both of those attacks were blamed on Islamic State. The group has targeted Kurdish gatherings in an apparent effort to further inflame ethnic tensions strained by a long Kurdish insurgency. The Ankara bombing was the deadliest of its kind in Turkey, killing more than 100 people.

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Related: BBC: Turkey wedding suicide bomber 'was child aged 12-14'

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