Death toll jumps to 50 in Turkey wedding blast

GAZIANTEP, 21st August, 2016 (WAM) -- The death toll from a terror attack on a wedding ceremony in South-eastern Turkey has risen to 50, the regional governor’s office said.

The attack took place in the Beybahce neighbourhood of the Gaziantep province’s Sahinbey district around 10.50pm (1950GMT) on Saturday, according to a statement from the Gaziantep Governor's Office.

"Fifty of our citizens lost their lives today in a terror bomb attack carried out in our province on August 20, 2016," The Anadolu Agency quoted the statement from the Governor's Office as saying.

Speaking to reporters in Gaziantep on Sunday, Health Minister Recep Akdag said there were 73 people undergoing treatment from the attack, including 17 in critical condition.

In a statement, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack. "Those who cannot overcome Turkey and try to provoke the people by exploiting ethnic and sectarian sensitivities will not prevail," he said.


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