October 19, 2021

ISIS Turkey wedding bombing: 22 killed and 94 injured after suicide bomb attack

Ambulances arrive at the site of an explosion on August 20, 2016 in Gaziantep following a late night militant attack on a wedding party in southeastern Turkey. The governor of Gaziantep said 22 people are dead and 94 injured in the late night militant attack. / AFP PHOTO / AHMED DEEBAHMED DEEB/AFP/Getty Images

Obama says ISIS is just a ‘JV” team. Obama says ISIS is on the run. Obama says we are winning the war against ISIS. Obama’s “favorite” and most “trusted ally” President Erdogan has quietly aided, armed and abetted ISIS. He played with fire and his people are paying the price. And so is Europe. Turkey is the gateway to Europe for jihadis.

AN ‘ISIS suicide bomber’ has reportedly killed 22 people at a wedding in south east Turkey. The terrorist attack in the city of Gaziantep, which is located 40 miles from the Syrian border, has reportedly left another 94 injured, according to reports.

“Twenty-two killed, 94 injured in bomb attack at Turkish wedding,” Reuters, August 20, 2016:

A man and a woman mourn next to a body of one the victims of a blast targeting a wedding ceremony in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, Turkey, August 20, 2016. Ihlas News Agency via REUTERS

A man and a woman mourn next to a body of one the victims of a blast targeting a wedding ceremony in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep

By Umit Besktas and Tuvan Gumrukcu | ANKARA/ISTANBUL

Twenty-two people were killed and 94 wounded when a suspected suicide bomber targeted a wedding celebration in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday, adding to a surge in violence this week in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Ambulances raced to the scene and video footage from broadcaster CNN Turk showed police and emergency services workers rushing through packed streets in the city.

The attack appeared to have hit when a large group of people from a wedding party took to the streets in celebration, security sources said.

Islamic State militants were believed to be behind the attack, Samil Tayyar, a member of parliament from ruling AK Party said on Twitter, while Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told broadcaster NTV the blast appeared to be the work of a suicide bomber.

First aid officers carry an injured man
One of the wounded is treated by medics
First aid officers carry an injured man
First aid officers carry the injured man into an ambulance
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Bodies are covered as people gather at the explosion site

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People try to make sense of yet another terror attack following a spate of explosions which has rocked Turkey

“We wish God’s mercy for those who have lost their lives in this cruel attack, and for the injured, a quick recovery,” the Gaziantep provincial governor’s office said in a statement, confirming the death toll.

“We strongly condemn this cruel terror attack and those carrying it out.”

Mahmut Togrul, a member of parliament for Gaziantep from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, told Reuters it was a Kurdish wedding. Islamic State has been blamed for suicide bombings on Kurdish gatherings in the past.

Turkey faces multiple security threats from Islamic State militants at home and across the border with neighboring Syria as well as from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

A group of rogue Turkish soldiers last month attempted to overthrow the government, commandeering tanks, helicopters and warplanes in an attempted putsch that killed 240 people. The Ankara government has blamed on followers of the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, but Gulen has denied the charge.

Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers killed 44 people at Istanbul’s main airport in June, the deadliest in a string of attacks in Turkey this year.