Teen terror: Nearly half the victims of Turkey suicide attack, like bomber himself, were under 14

by WorldTribune Staff, August 22, 2016

The child allegedly sent by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to blow up a wedding party in Turkey killed at least 22 other children under the age of 14 in the Aug. 20 attack, according to Turkish authorities.

The bomber, said to be 13-years-old, killed at least 51 people who were attending a Kurdish wedding in the southeast Turkey city of Gaziantep. Another 69 people were injured, of which 17 are in serious condition.

Family members of Sehriban Nurbay, a 3-month-old victim of a suicide bombing at a wedding in Gaziantep, attend her funeral ceremony in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, on Aug. 21. /Reuters
Family members of Sehriban Nurbay, a 3-month-old victim of a bombing at a wedding in Gaziantep, attend her funeral on Aug. 21. /Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ISIL is likely behind the terror attack.

On Aug. 22, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent a condolence letter to Erdogan, expressing shock from the news and solidarity with the Turkish people:

“We were shocked and saddened to hear of the barbaric bombing attack in Gaziantep that took the lives of so many and injured so very many more innocent people gathered to celebrate a wedding.

“We stand beside the people of Turkey at this sad time.”

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