Pope prays for victims of Turkey bombing

August 21, 2016 19:22

Pope Francis offered prayers on Sunday for those who died or were injured in Turkey in a bomb blast that killed at least 50 people.

A suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosives among people dancing on the street at a wedding party on Saturday in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria.

The blast tore through party goers as the wedding celebrations were coming to an end.

Speaking after reciting the weekly Angelus prayer, the Pope asked for the gift of peace for everyone.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said it was likely that Islamic State militants carried out the late-night attack, the deadliest bombing this year in Turkey.

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