Authorities suspect ISIS was behind an apparent suicide bombing that killed 31 people in southeastern Turkey yesterday and wounded nearly 100—a development that could represent a major expansion by the extremists at a time when the government is stepping up efforts against them. Turkish officials vowed to strike back at those behind the attack in the city of Suruc, which targeted a group of political activists who wanted to help the shattered Syrian city of Kobani in a bombing that turned a moment of hope into a scene of horror. "I personally and on behalf of my nation condemn and curse those who perpetrated this savagery," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a news conference broadcast on Turkish television.
Witnesses described scenes of carnage and shock after the explosion, which took place as the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations was wrapping up a news conference on plans to help rebuild Kobani. Because the activists' news conference was being recorded, the attack and its immediate aftermath were captured in widely circulated video. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but a senior government official tells the AP that Turkey suspects ISIS was behind the blast as retaliation for Turkey's steps against the militants in recent weeks, which have included blocking websites and arresting suspected followers. (Read more ISIS stories.)