Blast rocks Turk city on Syria bor­der

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN EX­PLO­SION in Tur­key’s south­east­ern city of Su­ruc near the Syr­ian bor­der killed 28 peo­ple and sent nearly 100 oth­ers to the hos­pi­tal, of­fi­cials said.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast last night.

Su­ruc is just across the bor­der from the Syr­ian city of Kobani, the scene of fierce bat­tles be­tween Kur­dish groups and the Is­lamic State group.

Kobani was the Is­lamic State group’s big­gest de­feat last year since the mil­i­tants es­tab­lished con­trol over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

A sec­ond bomb went off south of Kobani near a Kur­dish mili­tia check­point on the road to Syria’s largest city of Aleppo, ac­cord­ing to a Kur­dish of­fi­cial in Kobani. It caused mi­nor dam­age and no ca­su­al­ties, he said.

The blast in Su­ruc was at a cul­tural cen­tre while a po­lit­i­cal group held a news con­fer­ence on Kobani’s re­con­struc­tion.

News re­ports said 300 peo­ple from the Fed­er­a­tion of So­cial­ist Youths were stay­ing at the cen­tre.

Kobani was the scene of IS at­tacks last month that killed 200 peo­ple.

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