Iran Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack in Turkey

Bahram Ghasemi

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed a recent deadly terrorist attack in Western Turkey which left at least 50 people dead and nearly 100 others wounded.

On Sunday, Qassemi strongly condemned the suicide attack, which hit a wedding ceremony in the city of Gaziantep on Saturday, and offered the Iranian people and government’s condolences to the bereaved families.

“Such (terror) acts by Takfiri extremists have targeted the peace and security of regional states,” Qassemi said, stressing that the countries in the region need to seriously combat the phenomenon.

He added that killing of innocent people and civilians in a wedding celebration showed one more time the Takfiri terrorists’ “sinister and evil” intentions against humanity.

The terrorist attack hit a large group of people from a wedding party, security sources said.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told broadcaster NTV the blast appeared to be the work of a suicide bomber.

Mahmut Togrul, a member of parliament for Gaziantep from pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, said it was a Kurdish wedding. Daesh (also known as ISIL and ISIS) has been blamed for suicide bombings on Kurdish gatherings in the past.

Turkey faces multiple security threats from Daesh at home and across the border with neighboring Syria as well as from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).