A child suicide bomber has been blamed for killing at least 51 people in a “barbaric” blast at a wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.
Another 69 were injured in the explosion – 17 of them “heavily” – in what a regional official in southern Turkey described as a “terror attack”.
In a live nationally-televised address in front of Istanbul’s city hall, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “The explosion was the result of a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 who either detonated (the bomb) or others detonated it.”
He also repeated what he had said earlier – that Islamic State militants were the “likely perpetrator(s)” of the bombing.
“It was clear that Daesh had such an organisation in Gaziantep or was attempting to make room for itself in recent times.
“Many intensive operations were conducted, are being conducted.
“Of course our security forces will be conducting these operations with even greater intensity.”