A relative of one of the victims of a wedding bombing is seen at a funeral ceremony in southeastern city of Gaziantep, Turkey, August 22, 2016. (Reuters)
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Ankara has no clue about who was behind the recent deadly wedding bombing in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.
“We do not have a clue about who the perpetrators behind the attack were. Early information on who did the attack, in what organization’s name, is unfortunately not right,” said Yildirim (seen below) on Monday.
“We are not in a position to verify anything about who the perpetrator was — if it was a child, an adult, or for which organization,” he added.
His announcement starkly contradicts information given by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said it was carried out by a child bomber acting under orders from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
He went on to dismiss “rumors” that the attack was carried out by an adult or a child, noting that security agencies are still trying to find out who was responsible.
“Those who were behind the attack will be revealed, there is no doubt about this,” he said.
Earlier, a Turkish security official told reporters that there is a possibility that explosives could have been placed on an unaware child and then were detonated remotely.
“It could be that someone was loaded with explosives without even being aware of it and it may have been detonated remotely,” he said.
Mourners carry a victim’s body who was killed in a bomb attack at a wedding celebration, during a funeral ceremony in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, Turkey, August 21, 2016. (Reuters)
According to Turkish media, DNA testing was being carried out to help determine the bombers identity and nationality.
Late on Saturday, at least 54 people were killed and more than 69 injured in the terrorist attack that took place in Gaziantep’s Sahinbey district’s Akdere neighborhood.