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A large explosion at a cultural center in the Turkish town of Suruc, near Syria, on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded 100 others, the Interior Ministry said.[/caption]
An explosion on Monday in Turkey's southeastern city of Suruc near the Syrian border killed 28 people and sent nearly 100 others to the hospital, Turkish officials said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the midday blast.
Suruc is just across the border from the Syrian city of Kobani, the scene of fierce battles between Kurdish groups and the Islamic State group. Kobani was the Islamic State group's biggest defeat last year since the militants established control over large swathes of Iraq and Syria. The city has become a symbol of Kurdish resistance.
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People help the wounded after an explosion in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, Turkey, Monday, July 20, 2015. An explosion Monday killed at least 10 people and injured scores of others in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, state-run Turkish news agencies reported. The private Turkish DHA news agency said at least 50 people had been hospitalized in the midday explosion. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. (AP Photo/Ozcan Soysal ) TURKEY OUT[/caption]
A second bomb went off Monday south of Kobani near a Kurdish militia checkpoint on the road to Syria's largest city of Aleppo, according to a Kurdish official in Kobani, Idriss Naasan. It caused minor damage and no casualties, he said.
DHA said the blast in Suruc occurred at a cultural center while a political group was holding a news conference on Kobani's reconstruction. News reports said 300 people from the Federation of Socialist Youths were staying at the cultural center and were preparing to travel to Kobani to help with the rebuilding.
Kobani was also the scene of surprise IS attacks last month that killed more than 200 people.