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Press Centre (8/2016)

Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Gaziantep, Turkey


22 August 2016, Ankara – UNICEF strongly condemns the killing of at least 54 people, including 29 children, during a wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey. According to official statements by Turkish authorities, a child between 12 to 14 years old was used to perpetrate Saturday’s suicide attack.

This act is horrific and indiscriminate and the use of children as suicide bombers is outrageous. Encouraging children to carry out acts of terror is “unadulterated child abuse”. Every child should be protected from all forms of violence.

UNICEF extends its most sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and government of Turkey. We wish a fast recovery to all those who were injured in the attack.
 
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For further information, please contact:

Sema Hosta, UNICEF in Turkey, +90 312 454 10 10, shosta@unicef.org
Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF Geneva, +41 79 963 92 44, cboulierac@unicef.org
UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org