Turkey PM says suicide attack suspect identified, blames IS

Turkish authorities have identified a suspect in the suicide bombing which killed 32 people in the town of Suruc near the Syrian border and the suspect's links are being investigated, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Jul 22, 2015 03:31 IST
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Bodies lie on the ground with one being covered with a Federation of the Socialist Youth Associations flag, after an explosion, in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey. (AP Photo)

Turkey, on Tuesday, said it had identified a suspect over the devastating suicide bombing on the border with Syria that left 32 activists dead and blamed Islamic State jihadists behind the attack.

"One suspect has been identified. All the (suspect's) links internationally and domestically are being investigated," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in the regional centre of Sanliurfa after visiting the wounded in hospital.

He added there was a ‘high probability’ the attack was caused by a suicide bomber with connections to Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

“We expect this investigation to be concluded as soon as possible,” Davutoglu added.

Davutoglu said that the death toll had risen to 32 and added that 29 victims were still hospitalised.

“What’s necessary will be done against whomever responsible for (the attack),” said Davutoglu. “Nobody should ever doubt this.”

“This is an attack that targeted Turkey,” he added.

Davutoglu meanwhile said a cabinet meeting scheduled for Wednesday would look at additional security measures for Turkey’s border with Syria.

“We will also discuss an action plan about additional security measures to be taken on our border at the cabinet meeting and will take necessary measures.”

He vehemently denied suggestions from some commentators that Turkey and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had encouraged IS jihadists in the past.

“Turkey and AK Party governments have never had any direct or indirect connection with any terrorist organisation and never tolerated any terrorist group,” he said.

First Published: Jul 21, 2015 16:43 IST