Islamic State blamed for deadly wedding attack in Turkey; 50 dead, dozens injured

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Raw video shows the aftermath of a deadly suicide bombing at a wedding in Turkey. (KTRK)

Turkey's president says the suicide bomber in the wedding party attack that killed dozens was between 12 and 14 years old.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave the information in a live nationally-televised address in front of Istanbul city Hall.

At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the southeastern city of Gaziantep. Erdogan blamed the Islamic State group for the attack.

Officials say Saturday's attack in Gaziantep, near Syria's border, appeared to be a suicide bombing.

VIDEO: Car bomb explodes outside wedding reception in Turkey
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Video shows the dramatic moments after a car bomb explodes outside a wedding reception in Turkey

Erdogan issued a statement early Sunday denouncing the "heinous" bombing.

The initial death toll was 30 killed and 94 wounded. Later, the Gaziantep governor's office raised the toll to 50, without giving a number of wounded, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. It is the deadliest extremist attack of 2016.

Original report: 30 killed, 94 hurt in wedding blast in Turkey

People react after an explosion in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, early Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Gaziantep Province Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said the deadly blast, during a wedding.

Turkey has been rocked by a wave of attacks in the past year that have either been claimed by Kurdish militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party - known by its acronym PKK - or were blamed on IS. In June, suspected IS militants attacked Istanbul's main airport with guns and bombs, killing 44 people.

The blast comes two days after a car bomb ripped through a police station in eastern Turkey near the site of a wedding reception. Three people died in the bombing attack. None of the wedding guests, however, were injured.
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