Gaziantep massacre: Isis most likely responsible, says terror expert

Gaziantep Attack: Terrorism expert explains why ISIS are most likely responsible for Gaziantep suicide bomber

Mourners gather at the funeral of one of the victims killed by the blast

Monday, August 22, 2016

A terrorism expert has told talkRADIO that ISIS is most likely responsible for a huge suicide bomb attack in Gaziantep.

The bomber, believed to be between 12 to 14 years of age, killed 51 people at a Kurdish wedding party. Sixty-one people were injured in the blast and 17 are now in a critical condition.  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a statement the bomber targeted the revelers as they danced in the street.

David Lowe, a former anti-terrorist unit detective, explains why he believes Isis is responsible.

"One problem is the group itself," he told Paul Ross. "Gaziantep is very close to the border with Syria. There's a large Kurdish population there, including the YPG (Syrian-Kurdish forces). 

"They've made great gains against islamic state, so this could be a retaliatory attack by the group, they have a number of cells inside Gaziantep. 

"They do use young people and foreign fighters for suicide bombings, who they've indoctrinated into their narrative. [The attack] has highlighted this point of how they use individuals regardless of age or even nationality.

"So to me, it makes sense they are responsible."