Blast rocks Turk city on Syria border
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.