A still taken from a video shot at the moment of the detonation in Suruc
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Suruc, Turkey – The Turkish Ministry of Interior said that the death toll of Monday’s explosion that hit a group of activists in the city of Suruc reached 29 and more than 100 injured.
The wounded were transferred to local hospitals in Suruc city, and some of them were moved to Urfa for treatment.
Turkish officials vowed to strike back at those behind the attack in the city of Suruc, which targeted a group of political activists who wanted to help the shattered Syrian city of Kobane.
“The bombing turned a moment of hope into a scene of horror,” an eyewitness said.
“We are face to face with a terrorism incident,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. “We have the willpower to find and certainly punish those who are responsible.”
A bag filled with explosives was placed in front of the center for culture and arts (Çand Û Huner) before being detonated. Meanwhile, Ismail Kaplan, head of Turkish Democratic Regions’ Party (DBP) in Sanli Urfa province, said that the bombing was an attempt to target young activists who came from Istanbul to show solidarity with the project of rebuilding Syria’s Kobane.
Authorities suspected the Islamic State group was behind the bombing.
In other developments, the city of Kobane in northern Syria was exposed to a car bomb attack conducted by militants of the Islamic State, which hit headquarters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). At least three YPG fighters were killed and two others injured, a Kurdish commander told ARA News in Kobane.