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Dogan news agency said the suicide bomber had mixed in Dogan news agency said the suicide bomber had mixed inwith the guests before detonating the charge. Security forcesare now searching for two individuals who entered thecelebration with the suspected bomber and then fled, it added. Gulser Ates, who was wounded in the attack, told Hurriyetthe attack took place as the party was breaking up. "We were sitting on chairs, having a chat with one of ourneighbours. "During the explosion, the neighbour died on top of me. Iremember being underneath. If my neighbour hadn’t fallen ontop of me, I would have died," she said. "The bride and groom’s happiest day was poisoned." A major city lying just 60 kilometres north of the Syrianborder, Gaziantep has become a hub for Syrians fleeing thecivil war in their country. But as well as refugees and opposition activists, therehave long been fears it was home to a significant jihadistpresence. Images from the scene showed bodies covered in whitesheets while distraught relatives of the victims werecomforted in the street. Police also fired in the air to prevent further tensionsafter scuffles broke out when a group brandishing Turkishflags arrived on the scene, images showed. As has been the case in previous attacks, Turkey’sbroadcasting regulator RTUK banned broadcast of footage fromthe scene of the attack in Gaziantep. IS suicide bombers have carried out attacks in Istanbulseveral times this year, while Kurdish militants have hittargets in both Ankara and Istanbul. On Thursday, 12 people were killed in a spate of bombingsblamed on the PKK, who Erdogan said had killed 70 members ofthe security forces in the last month alone. The blast in Gaziantep came just hours after Yildirimsaid Ankara would in the next six months play a "more active"role in efforts to solve the Syrian civil war. Turkey was long accused of turning a blind eye to or evenabetting the rise of IS in Syria, claims it vehemently denies,but has taken a tougher line after the jihadist attacks on itssoil. (AFP)SAI


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