Suicide Bomber Kills 50 At Wedding Reception

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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A reported Islamic State affiliated suicide bomber walked into a wedding in Turkey Saturday, killing 50 and wounding 100 others, according to the Telegraph.

The bomb exploded late Saturday night at the wedding reception, where hundreds of people were dancing in the streets. The event was held in Gaziantep, a town that borders Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack had the hallmarks of an ISIS assault.

Erdogan also stated ISIS is trying to “provoke people by abusing ethnic and sectarian sensitiveness,” according to the Telegraph. The president told the Turkish people that “the blood spilled by our martyred brothers will not be forgotten,” reports the Journal.

This is the first terrorist attack in Turkey since June, when a bomb killed 45 at Instanbul’s airport.

An eye witness said that the celebration came to an abrupt end when there was a giant explosion that sent “blood and body parts everywhere,” according to Telegraph reports.

Another witness told reporters that she didn’t know what happened in the moment, but the only thing she did know was “that my neighbour died on top of me.” She added that “if she had not fallen on me, I would have died, too.”

The explosion was so loud that it could be heard from several neighborhoods away.

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