Children are often portrayed as the victims of war and terror but this wasn’t the case in a Turkish wedding. A child believed to be aged 12-14 carried out a suicide bombing attack that killed at least 50 people.
Ambulances rushed to the scene after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey. The area lies near the Turkish border with Syria, which has seen a huge influx of refugees in recent years.
According to CNN, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that the terrorist was a mere 12-14 years of age. Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul that early indications suggest that Islamic State was behind the attacks.
The terror group based in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria has yet to claim responsibility for the attack. However due to the close proximity of Gaziantep to Syria, all signs point to IS as the perpetrator.
According to RT, Turkish authorities have temporarily suspended media coverage of the attack on the Turkish wedding. All circulation of videos and images from the scene are also being controlled by the authorities.
However, aside from the enormous death toll, the fact that it was carried out by a child is far more terrifying. While child-soldiers existed in the past, they were used as any other soldiers not as Trojan horses carry out terrorist attacks.
With the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, the news that a child carried out a deadly terrorist attack could cause panic. With recent attacks in major European cities, distrust and outright fear of refugees could worsen the crisis.
Whether the attack on the Turkish wedding prompts Erdogan to take a more aggressive stance on ISIS is still unclear. Aside from the terror group, the Turkish government is still currently engaged in a conflict with the Kurds and the PKK.
Gaziantep'teki hain saldırıda çok sayıda can kaybı ve yaralı var. Teröre, teröriste ve destekçisine lanet olsun pic.twitter.com/qzOFRxZN8o
— Hasan Cücük (@HasanCucuk) August 20, 2016
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