Suspected suicide bomb kills at least 28 in Turkey

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AN EXPLOSION in Turkey which has killed at least 28 people and injured around 100 others has been described by authorities as the likely work of a suicide bomber. The town of Suruc lies near the country’s border with Syria.
The explosion took place around 9am on Monday July 20 in the garden of a cultural centre. It’s reported that many people were staying there before a planned trip to help rebuild the nearby Syrian town of Kobane, which was under siege from Islamic State (IS) forces for months before Kurdish fighters repelled the invaders.
The town is also home to many Kurdish refugees from Kobane, which has been devastated by the fighting, and Suruc residents, also mostly Kurdish, sent food and medicine to Kobane throughout the struggle.
The district governor of Suruc, Abdullah Ciftci, told the BBC: “The fact that it is a suicide attack increases the possibility that IS is responsible. We think the attacker was a woman.
“Preliminary findings show that she was acting on her own.”
The targeted building was apparently housing around several hundred young volunteers from the Turkish group Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF), who were planning to travel to Kobane on a solidarity mission.

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