Suicide bomber kills 30 at wedding in southern Turkey

At least 30 people have been killed and nearly 100 others have been injured after a suicide bomber targeted a wedding in the city of Gaziantep in southern Turkey, not far from the border with Syria, witnesses and local officials say.

The attack happened at about 10:50 p.m. local time on Saturday when a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up outside a wedding hall in the central neighborhood of Akdere, where a wedding ceremony was taking place. It was not immediately known how many people were attending.

The provincial government confirmed in a statement on early Sunday morning that at least 30 people had been killed and 94 others were injured, some of whom remain in critical condition. Footage from the scene of the attack showed several bodies while others were visibly injured.

The attack appeared to have targeted Kurdish people in particular. A Kurdish wedding was taking place at the hall when the attack took place and politician Mahmut Togrul of the pro-Kurdish HDP party said the owners of the business were members of the HDP.

Turkey's deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek, described Saturday's incident as a "barbaric terrorist attack", but it was not immediately known which group was responsible, though analysts pointed to the Islamic State group (ISIS) as a likely suspect.

Gaziantep is one of Turkey's most populous cities and is located not far from the border with Syria. Gaziantep is about 506 kilometers (314 miles) southeast of Ankara, or 98 kilometers (61 miles) northeast of Aleppo.

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