IS bomb attack kills dozens in Turkey’s Gaziantep wedding

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 / AHMED DEEB        (Photo credit should read AHMED DEEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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. / AHMED DEEB/AFP/Getty Images

So-called Islamic State is likely to have carried out a deadly bomb attack on a wedding in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

The death toll in the attack in the southern city of Gaziantep has now risen to 50, the local governor’s office said, with almost 100 wounded.

A suspected suicide bomber targeted guests at a Kurdish wedding as they danced in the street.
Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, is known to have several IS cells.

The BBC’s Seref Isler, who is from Gaziantep, says the city of 1.5 million was already on edge because of events in Syria, where IS has been battling Syrian Kurdish forces.

A suicide bomber believed to have links to IS killed two policemen in Gaziantep in May.

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