Turkey identifies terror attack suspect

A woman reacts over a coffin as people mourn relatives in Gaziantep on July 21, 2015. (AFP)

Turkish authorities have identified a suspect over the suicide bombing close to Turkey’s border with Syria that left 32 activists dead, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.

“One suspect has been identified. All the (suspect's) links internationally and domestically are being investigated,” he said in televised comments.

He added there was a “high probability” the attack was caused by a suicide bomber with connections to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“What's necessary will be done against whomever responsible for (the attack),” said Davutoglu. “Nobody should ever doubt this.”

On Monday, clashes between Turkish police forces and protesters calling for more action against ISIS to protect Turkish and Kurdish interests erupted in Istanbul.

Police used water cannon, teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds who gathered to protest against the suicide bombing that killed more than 30 people in the border town of Suruc.

Some anti-government campaigners chanted slogans like “Murderer ISIL collaborator [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan and AKP,” according to Reuters.

Other demonstrations in cities across the country, according to local media.

Also on Monday, Turkey’s Prime Minister vowed to combat terror in the country and find the extremist group.

“Turkey has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures against Islamic State,” Ahmed Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara.

“We are face to face with a terrorism incident. We have the willpower to find and certainly punish those who are responsible,” he said.

“Measures on our border with Syria... will be increased,” he added.
 

[With Reuters and AFP]

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