In Turkey, at least 27 people have been killed and wounded many more in an explosion in the southern town of Suruc near the Syrian border. The Interior Ministry says the blast occurred in the garden of Amara cultural centre.
Hundreds of youth workers were reportedly staying in the building. Though there is no official word on the cause of the explosion, reports say it could have been a suicide attack.Suruc, located near the Syrian town of Kobane, shelters many refugees.
Kobane has been a battleground between militants from the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish fighters since September last year, when IS overran the town, forcing most of its residents to flee into Turkey. The Federation of Socialist Youth Associations is reported to have had at least 300 members staying at the Amara Culture Centre to take part in rebuilding work in Kobane.