Turkish authorities have identified a suspect in Monday’s suicide bomb attack that killed 32 young activists in Suruc, near the Syrian border.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that there was a “high probability” that the Islamic State (IS) were behind the attack and police and intelligence services were investigating the suspect’s domestic and international links.

Local media outlets have named a man in connection with the attack, but the name has not been confirmed by officials.

He went on to say that Turkey would increase security along its border with Syria and vowed to bring justice for the attack, saying:

“What’s necessary will be done against whomever responsible for (the attack).”

He denied that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had turned a blind eye to the dangers posed by IS, saying that the government had “never tolerated any terrorist group”.

Critics of AKP have long claimed that IS militants have been too easily able to move between Syria and Turkey, and that much of the oil and historical artefacts sold by IS to raise revenue are smuggled out through Turkey without much government interference.



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