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EU Condemns Killing Of 32 Youths In Turkish Border Town

The European Union on Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack in Turkish town of Soruc yesterday that targeted young volunteers from the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF).

EU's High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said the attack "was aimed at further destabilizing the region and communities living side by side."

The youths had gathered with plans to travel to Syria to help with the reconstruction of Kobane town. Members of the association were in the process of holding a news conference when a suicide bomber set off explosives that ripped through Soruc's Amara Cultural Centre Monday afternoon.

At least, 32 people are reported to have been killed in the ghastly attack in Suruc, with over 100 others injured. A mass funeral for 25 of the victims took place earlier Tuesday, while the others were sent to their native places for burial.

The EU in a statement said, "the attack adds to the pain and suffering of Syrian people fleeing violence and destruction, and of the Turkish people so generously engaged in helping them."

The EU reaffirmed that it stands by the people and government of Turkey at this very difficult time. "We are ready to provide practical support to Turkey. We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved and sympathies to those injured."

EU's High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said, "Terrorist groups will not prevail in their goal to undermine international steadfast determination to defeat them. The EU, Turkey and all other regional and international partners will work together even more closely to tackle this threat."

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