07/21/2015, 00.00
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After the IS attack, Ankara announces more controls on border with Syria

A suicide bomber, probably a woman, blew herself up at a press conference held by pro-Kurdish activists, who were presenting their plan to cross the border to help rebuild Kobane.

Ankara (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has promised to boost security along the country's border with Syria, after 30 people were killed by a bomb in the town of Suruc.

The bomber, probably a woman, struck a group of pro-Kurdish activists, who were holding a press conference to present their plan to cross the border to help rebuild Kobane, a town that saw a violent battle between Kurds and Islamic State (IS) forces.

A video shows the group holding a news conference to discuss their plans, when an explosion rips through the young people – mostly of university age – gathered at a cultural centre. News of the attack triggered protests in Istanbul.

Turkey has been accused of facilitating the movement of IS supporters, and remains concerned about Kurdish separatism.

However, "Turkey has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures against the Islamic State," Mr Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara.

"We are face to face with a terrorism incident. We have the willpower to find and certainly punish those who are responsible."

"Measures on our border with Syria . . . will be increased," he added.

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