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Egypt condemns terror bombing at Turkey wedding

Egypt expresses solidarity with the Turkish people after Saturday's bombing in Gaziantep

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Aug 2016
Ahmed Abu Zeid
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Egypt condemned Sunday a terrorist bombing that killed at least 50 people during a wedding ceremony in a south-eastern Turkish city near the Syrian border.

In an official statement, Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid reiterated Egypt's stance against the "terrorism phenomena" and criminal organisations that aim to terrorise citizens and spread chaos.

Abu Zeid stressed the Egyptian people's support for the Turkish people at "such critical times," expressing his condolences to the families of the victims and hoping for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Late Saturday, a suspected suicide bomber linked to the Islamic State (IS) group attacked a wedding thronged with guests in Turkey's Gaziantep.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the IS group was the "likely perpetrator" of the bomb attack in Gaziantep that targeted a celebration attended by many Kurds.

The explosion at the wedding was the latest attack to rock the key NATO member in a year that has witnessed bombings blamed on Kurdish and Islamist militants, as well as a bloody 15 July attempted coup.

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