Suicide bombing killed at least 31 near Turkey and Syria border

At least 31 people have been killed by a suicide bombing in a Turkish town near the Syrian border.

The explosion took place just before noon on Monday at a cultural centre in Suruc which was hosting anti-Islamic State activists. The explosion smashed the windows of the building and set off a fire.

Investigators consider the blast was caused by a female suicide bomber from the Islamic State group.

“Preliminary findings point to it being a suicide attack carried out by Daesh, but we are not at a point to make a final judgement,” Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a news conference in Ankara.

“Turkey has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures against Islamic State,” Mr Davutoglu said.

“We are face to face with a terrorism incident. We have the willpower to find and certainly punish those who are responsible.”

“Measures on our border with Syria… will be increased,” he added.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack as an “act of terror”.