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Disbelief and determination at funeral for Suruc suicide-bomb victims


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Disbelief and determination at funeral for Suruc suicide-bomb victims

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A mass funeral has been held in Gaziantep, southern Turkey for 27 of the victims of the suicide bombing in Suruc.

Most of those who died in the attack were students of university age who had gathered at a cultural centre ahead of a planned trip to help rebuild the neighbouring Syrian town of Kobani.

The feeling among mourners was one of disbelief, but also determination.

“We will not give up, whatever happens,” said one woman. “We will defend peace and brotherhood.”

Another woman lost a friend in the attack. She said:
“I really can’t believe this. I thought when I saw his mother I would believe it, but I feel as though he will return soon. I can’t believe it. He was against violence.”

Five other victims were taken to northern Turkey for funeral services close to their homes and families.

Around 104 people were injured in the attack. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed 29 were still receiving hospital treatment a day after the July 20 attack.

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