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Islamic State Blamed as Bomb Kills 31 Near Turkey’s Syria Border

Coffins are carried at the site of an explosion targeting a cultural center in Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey on July 20, 2015.

Coffins are carried at the site of an explosion targeting a cultural center in Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey on July 20, 2015.

Photographer: Orhan Cicek/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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Turkish authorities said Islamic State is the obvious suspect for a bomb attack in the country’s south that killed and injured dozens, as the conflict in neighboring Syria spills across the border.

The blast in the town of Suruc was Turkey’s deadliest attack in more than two years. Deputy premier Numan Kurtulmus said late Monday that the toll rose to 31 with the death of another victim from injuries, while 40 people are still being treated. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the investigation into what was probably a suicide attack is focusing on the jihadist group. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.