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Suruç: Turkish officials identify attacker

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Suruç: Turkish officials identify attacker


On Monday this week, the square outside the Amara Cultural Centre in the Turkish town of Suruç, was thronged with well-wishers.

They had gathered to hear plans for a humanitarian mission to help in the reconstruction of Kobane, the Kurdish city just over over the nearby border with Syria.

A group of left-wing students had collected much-needed everyday items to help those trying to rebuild their lives in Kobane. There were even toys to help restock a playgroup.

But at midday, a suicide bomber detonated his device.

Now, the square is full of mourners.

Officials say they have now identified the 20-year-old Turkish suicide bomber, who killed at least 31 others and injured 100 more.

Mass funeral held for victims

A mass funeral has been held for the majority of those who died.

Mourners wept as the coffins were lined up in the courtyard of a mosque.

They have been taken on to their home towns for burial.

A second night of angry protests

Tuesday night saw more protests by people angry at the authorities.

11 people have been arrested.

The government says evidence suggests the self-titled group Islamic State was behind what happened in Suruç.

However, it has rejected accusations that it tacitly supports the group.

Court ruling blocks Twitter

A senior Turkish official has told the Reuters news agency that a block on access to Twitter will be lifted, after the micro-blogging site removed images related to the attack.

Several internet service providers blocked access to Twitter in line with a local court ruling to prevent the distribution of images of the attack.

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