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Suspect identified in Turkey suicide bombing attack

Published 21/07/2015 | 13:18

Relatives of victims who were killed in Monday's bomb attack in Suruc, mourn over the coffins at a cemetery in Gaziantep, Turkey REUTERS/Stringer
Relatives of victims who were killed in Monday's bomb attack in Suruc, mourn over the coffins at a cemetery in Gaziantep, Turkey REUTERS/Stringer

A suspect has been identified in the suicide bomb attack which killed 32 people on Turkey's border with Syria, the Turkish prime minister has said.

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Ahmet Davutoglu said authorities are probing the international and domestic connections of a specific person they believe was a suicide bomber tied to the Islamic State group.

He did not reveal any details about the identity of the suspect.

Neither IS nor any other group has claimed responsibility for the attack in Suruc yesterday, which also left 100 people injured.

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Turkish officials have said they believe the attack was retaliation for Turkey's recent steps against IS militants.

The midday bombing targeted a leftist group that was holding a news conference about efforts to rebuild the city of Kobani across the border in Syria.

Medics carry out a body after an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, near the Syrian border, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
Medics carry out a body after an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, near the Syrian border, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
Police forensic experts examine after an explosion in Suruc in the southeastern Sanliurfa province, Turkey, July 20, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Covered bodies lie on the ground as forensics and medics work at the explosion site after an explosion killed tens of people and injured scores of others in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
Dead bodies are covered by newspapers at the explosion site where tens of people were killed and scores others injured, in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
Dead bodies are covered by newspapers at the explosion site where tens of people were killed and scores others injured, in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
The body of a victim, covered by newspapers, lies next to a coffin after an explosion in Suruc in the southeastern Sanliurfa province, Turkey, July 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmet Bulte/Ihlas News Agency
Dead bodies are covered by newspapers at the site of an explosion that killed tens of people and injured scores others is seen in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
Dead bodies are covered by newspapers at the site of an explosion that killed tens of people and injured scores others is seen in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
A wounded man sits on a step following an explosion in Suruc, in the southeastern Sanliurfa province, Turkey, July 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ozcan Soysal/Depo Photos
People help the wounded after an explosion in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Ozcan Soysal )

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