UN, US, France, UK, Pakistan and Germany condemn barbaric bombing in Suruc, North Kurdistan

An ISIS suicide bomber on July 20 targeted members of a youth movement holding a press conference about their planned trip to Kobane at Kurdish Cultural Center in Suruc

NEW YORK (KDN) – The deadly suicide bomb that targeted a group of a youth movement members and killed dozens in the Kurdish town of Suruc has been condemned by United Nations, UK, US, Germany and France.

The Secretary-General condemned the deadly terrorist attack that took place today in Suruc, which has claimed lives of around 50 people and injured more than a hundred. “No cause or grievance ever justifies the targeting of civilians.” Ban Ki-Moon said in a statement delivered by his spokesperson.

“The Secretary-General hopes the perpetrators of this act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice. He sends his deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” Farhan Haq said.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged the international community to take strong measures against ISIS terrorism.

“I condemn this heinous act in the strongest terms,” he said in a statement. “The attack in Suruc shows that we cannot relax in our fight against terrorism. Turkey is a significant partner in this regard.”

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond wrote: “I condemn unreservedly today’s sickening attack in #Suruc #Turkey. My deepest sympathies are with the injured & families of those killed.”

A message on the U.S. embassy’s official Twitter feed said: “We join all those across Turkey condemning the cowardly terrorist attack on innocents in Suruc.”

The United States has strongly condemned the “heinous terrorist attack” in southern Turkish district of Suruç that claimed the lives of at least 30 people and wounded 100, many of them youth activists.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest expressed condolences during Monday’s daily press briefing to the families of the victims, many of whom he said had come to Suruç to assess the reconstruction efforts in Kobani, a key Syrian border town that had become the symbol of Kurdish resistance against advancing ISIS terrorism in the region.

Earnest said: “Important progress made against the ISIL in Kurdish populated areas in the northern Syria, backed by US-led coalition air campaign, including Kobane where Kurdish militants drove out ISIS militants in a months-long campaign.

He said Washington condemns this act of violence against individuals who are actually seeking to go and engage humanitarian efforts on the other side of the Syrian border.

Earnest noted that the US continues to be mindful of the destabilizing impact of extremist groups like ISIS in the region — a reason why President Barack Obama is working with other coalition partners to fight against the group.

He added that they have started to see extremist activities in other countries in the region and huge flow of refugees is one of the destabilizing factors. He added that it is critical to mobilize other countries in the region in support of the fight against ISIL and that the president is pleased to have support of some Middle Eastern countries.

French foreign Minister Laurent Fabuis also condemned the terror attack on the Kurdish town of Suruc. “I condemn the bombing that targeted civilians in Suruc and killed scores today in strongest words.” Fabius said in a statement. “This attack proves the rightness of our cooperation against terrorism” he added.

Pakistan was another country that condemned the barbaric attack in the strongest terms. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that “so many precious lives have been lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families.”

Human rights group Amnesty International said the attack showed “contempt for the right to life and breach the most basic principles of international law.”
A statement from Amnesty called for a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation into the barbaric action in Suruc.