IS child bomber claims ‘just ru­mours’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURKEY went back on claims that a child bomber linked to Is­lamic State (IS) ji­hadists car­ried out a deadly sui­cide bomb­ing close to Syria, say­ing it ac­tu­ally had no clue who was be­hind the at­tack.

Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim said Ankara could not con­firm who was the per­pe­tra­tor of the at­tack on a Kur­dish wed­ding in the city of Gaziantep which left 54 dead.

The state­ment con­tra­dicted Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan who had said it was a child bomber act­ing on IS or­ders.

“We do not have a clue about who the per­pe­tra­tors be­hind the at­tack were. Early in­for­ma­tion on who did the at­tack, in what or­gan­i­sa­tion’s name, is un­for­tu­nately not right,” Mr Yildirim said on Au­gust 22.

His com­ments were in con­trast with those by Mr Er­do­gan who had said that the bomber was a child aged be­tween 12 and 14.

Mr Yildirim de­scribed as “ru­mours” whether the at­tack was con­ducted by a child or an adult, while in­sist­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies would con­tinue their work to find out who was re­spon­si­ble.

“Those who were be­hind the at­tack will be re­vealed, there is no doubt about this.”

The Hur­riyet daily said DNA tests were be­ing done to as­cer­tain the bomber’s iden­tity and gen­der.

Ear­lier, Turk­ish press re­ports said se­cu­rity forces be­lieved the at­tack had been timed as re­tal­i­a­tion by ji­hadists for of­fen­sives both by Kur­dish mili­tias and pro-Ankara Syr­ian op­po­si­tion forces against IS in Syria.

Ac­cord­ing to the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, hun­dreds of rebels were pre­par­ing in­side Turk­ish ter­ri­tory to launch an of­fen­sive on the IS-held Syr­ian town of Jarablus.

With­out ex­plic­itly con­firm­ing the rebel of­fen­sive, For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said Turkey backed any­one fight­ing against IS.

“Our bor­der must be com­pletely cleansed from Daesh,” he said in tele­vised re­marks, us­ing an Ara­bic acro­nym for the IS group.

The ma­jor­ity of those killed were chil­dren or teenagers, with 29 of the 44 vic­tims iden­ti­fied so far aged un­der 18. –

Photo: AFP

A woman weeps at the morgue as she waits for the cof­fin of a rel­a­tive, killed dur­ing the at­tack on a wed­ding party which left 54 dead in Gaziantep, on Au­gust 21.

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