At least 27 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in an explosion at a cultural centre in the Turkish town of Suruc, near the Syrian border.

The blast occurred in the garden of the Amara Cultural Centre, where at least 300 members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) were staying as part of a summer expedition to help build the nearby Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane.

The blast occurred just as the youth group were being filmed and chanting in solidarity with their mission to rebuild Kobane.

Warning: Graphic video showing the moment of the explosion

Moments after the explosion in Suruc, a second explosion detonated in Kobane at an old mortar warehouse.

Since September 2014, thousands of Syrians and Kurds from Kobane have found refuge in Suruc after fleeing from the fierce fighting between Islamic State (IS) militants and members of the Kurdish YPG in Kobane.

Aided by coalition air strikes, the YPG had forced IS from Kobane in January, but as recently as last month militants launched a new offence against the town from the Turkish border.



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