Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


At least 20 dead in Turkey border town blast

20 July 2015, 15:01

Ankara - At least 20 people were killed on Monday in an explosion in a cultural centre in the Turkish town of Suruc near the border with Syria, local television reported.

The cause of the blast in the town, which lies opposite the Syrian flashpoint of Kobane was not immediately clear.

But officials said it might have been a suicide bomb, and some commentators said it could have been the work of ISIS militants.

Several Turkish media reported fatalities and private television station NTV said at least 20 people had been killed and about 100 wounded.

Witnesses said fire broke out after the strong explosion which smashed the windows of the building.

Television footage showed several people lying on the ground covered in blood and ambulances rushing to the scene.

The blast came as Turkey was stepping up its role in the fight against the ISIS.

Arrests of ISIS militants

Last week, security forces arrested dozens of militants and sympathisers in the most significant action by Ankara against the jihadists who have seized swathes of neighbouring Iraq and Syria since 2014.

Also read: Australia investigates if teen was IS suicide bomber

A Turkish government official confirmed to AFP that the explosion occurred in the garden of a culture centre in Suruc.

But he declined to provide any casualty figures.

The blast took place as a group from Turkish left-wing youth associations were preparing to make a press statement Suruc to announce they would cross into Kobane.

The group was staying at the cultural centre.

Suruc, once a centre of silk-making, is now home to one of the biggest refugee camps in Turkey housing Syrians who have fled the bloody four-year conflict at home.

The camp, which opened in January, shelters about 35 000 refugees who crossed the border after Islamic State jihadists seized Kobane last year.

In January, Kurdish forces backed by rebel groups and US-led air strikes had pushed ISIS out of Kobane after four months of fierce fighting in a hugely symbolic defeat for the jihadists.

The Islamists make a surprise raid on the town in June but the fighters were driven back by Kurdish forces who took full control of the town.

But ISIS launched a surprise attack on the Syrian town last month, staging three suicide bombings and re-entering the town.

Many of the injured had been taken to hospitals in Suruc.

Several hundred thousand Syrians have taken refuge in Turkish camps along the border but the vast majority of them are scattered in major cities, where their presence has stoked tensions with locals.

Turkey has long been under international pressure to tighten the security of its volatile 911km border with Syria to cut the flow of jihadists who try to join the ranks of the Islamic State militants.

Ankara has always vehemently denied claims of Turkish collusion with ISIS and in turn accused the West of not doing enough to help with the burden of Syrian refugees, 1.8 million of whom are living in Turkey



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...