Last night we reported on a suicide bombing at a wedding in Turkey where at least 51 people were killed and 94 wounded. As of today, a total of 69 remain in the hospital with 17 in critical condition. Remarkably, the bride and groom were injured but not seriously.
The Turkish president said ISIS is most like behind the attack and investigators uncovered a terrifying detail when they found the remains of the suicide vest: the bomber was most likely a child aged between 12 and 14.
MSN reports, The bride and groom were reportedly from the mainly Kurdish region of Siirt further to the east and had themselves been uprooted due to the flare-up in violence with Kurdish militants.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said its members had been present at the wedding, also attended by many women and children.
Erdogan said such attacks aimed to sow division between Turkey’s different groups including Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen and to “spread incitement along ethnic and religious lines.”
Many jihadists see Kurds as one of their main enemies, with Kurdish militias playing a significant role in the fight against IS on the ground in Syria.
We anxiously await the statement from CAIR decrying this terrible tragedy and the use of children to carry out attacks.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]