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Georgia extends condolences over terrorist attack victims in Turkey

By Mariam Chanishvili
Tuesday, August 23
Georgian officials have strongly condemned a recent terrorist act in the neighboring country.

A suicide bombing killed 51 people in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The perpetrator was allegedly a 12 to 14-year-old.

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that the so-called Islamic State (IS) was behind the attack.

The targets of the bombing were wedding guests who were dancing in the street. Media reports the married couple survived the blast but were taken to hospital.

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, made a statement regarding the attack. He said that Georgia condemns terrorism and called it an “evil of the century that threatens peace-loving nations”.

“This preposterous act of violence claimed several dozens of innocent lives. On behalf of the Government and people of Georgia, I express my profound sympathy to the families of victims, the Government of Turkey and Turkish people,” said Kvirikashvili.

The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, expressed concern over the attack in Turkey and also made a statement.