Funerals for dozens of Turkish bombing victims take place as death toll rises

Local media reports that more than half of the people killed were children

Funerals for dozens of Turkish bombing victims take place as death toll rises

People attend funeral services for dozens of people killed in the bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. Image: Mahmut Bozarslan / AP/Press Association Images

Most of the victims of the bomb attack on a wedding party in Turkey were children, local media has reported.

The bombing happened in the southern city of Gaziantep on Saturday, and a child is believed to have carried out the attack.

Hurriyet Daily News reports that the death toll from the attack has now risen to 54 people, with 29 of those killed believed to have been under the age of 18.

Funerals have now taken place for more than 40 of those killed, while around 10 bodies have yet to be identified.

Another 66 people are being treated for injuries, with 14 reported to be in a critical condition.

Earlier, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "The explosion was the result of a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 who either detonated [the bomb] or others detonated it."

He has also claimed that Islamic State militants were the "likely perpetrator(s)" of the attack.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has said the wedding was for one of its members, with the bride and groom believed to have been injured in the blast.