Terror attack Child suicide bomber behind deadly Turkey attack - Erdogan

Turkey's president has blamed a child Islamic State suicide bomber for the deaths of at least 51 people at an outdoor Kurdish wedding party in southeastern Turkey.

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Turkey's president has blamed a child Islamic State suicide bomber for the deaths of at least 51 people at an outdoor Kurdish wedding party in southeastern Turkey.

The bombing late Saturday in Gaziantep, near Turkey's border with Syria, was the deadliest attack in a series of bombings in Turkey this year.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking live on national television in Istanbul, said the attacker was aged between 12 and 14. He said 69 people were wounded, with 17 of them in critical condition, Reuters reports.

Islamic State has been blamed for other similar attacks in Turkey, often targeting Kurdish gatherings in an effort to inflame ethnic tensions.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said the wedding party was for one of its members. The groom was among those injured, but the bride was not hurt, Reuters reports.

International media reports the bomb went off as guests were out in the streets of the city close to the Syrian border.

Women and children, including a three-month-old baby, were among the dead, witnesses said.

Saturday's attack comes with Turkey still in shock just a month after Erdogan and the government survived an attempted coup by rogue military officers.

In June, three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers killed 44 people at Istanbul's main airport.

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