People carry a coffin during a funeral for victims of an attack on a wedding party that left 51 dead in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. (Image credit: AFP)

Bomber as young as 12 behind deadly Turkey wedding blast

Turkey President Erdogan blames Daesh for attack, as death toll rises to 51

Gaziantep, Turkey: A suicide bomber as young as 12 killed at least 51 people at a wedding in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, pointing the finger at Daesh.

Erdogan said Saturday’s blast in Gaziantep near the Syria border “was the result of a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 who either detonated (the bomb) or others detonated it.”

The explosion was the latest attack to rock the key NATO member in a horrific year that has seen strikes blamed on Kurdish and Islamist militants as well as a bloody July 15 botched coup.

The president said Daesh was the “likely perpetrator” of the bomb attack, the deadliest in 2016, that targeted a celebration attended by many Kurds.

The remains of a suicide vest were found...