Bomb attack on Socialist Youth Association members who tried to cross into Kobane from Suruç. At least 34 dead
The 2015 Suruç bombing took place in the Suruç district of Şanlıurfa Province in Turkey at approximately 12:00 local time on 20 July 2015, outside the Amara Culture Centre. 33 people were killed and 104 were reported injured. Most victims were members of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) Youth Wing and the Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF), university-ages students who were giving a press statement on their planned trip to reconstruct the Syrian border town of Kobanî.
Kobanî, which is approximately 10 km from Suruç, was until January under siege by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces.
More than 300 members of the SGDF had travelled from İstanbul to Suruç to participate in three to four days of rebuilding work in Kobanî, and had been staying at Amara Cultural Centre while preparing to cross the border.
The explosion, which was caught on camera, was identified as being caused by a cluster bomb detonated during what was perceived to be a suicide attack.
The next day, ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) claimed responsibility for the attack.
ISIL had allegedly made the decision to pursue more active operations in Turkey just days before the attack.
The attacker, Şeyh Abdurrahman Alagöz (20), an ethnic Kurd from Adıyaman, reportedly had links to Islamic State militants
Local hospital source says more than 20 dead, 30 wounded in blast at Turkish border town of Suruc - via @Reuters
At least 50 dead in #SuruçExplosion. (DİHA)
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