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Turkish Bomber Who Killed 32 Identified As Ethnic Kurd

Protesters hold flags and a banner reading 'Islamic state gangs will lose, our resisting people will win' during a demonstration on July 20, 2015 in Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, after a suicide bombing in the Turkish town of Suruc near the border with Syria killed 32 people. (Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters hold flags and a banner reading 'Islamic state gangs will lose, our resisting people will win' during a demonstration on July 20, 2015 in Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, after a suicide bombing in the Turkish town of Suruc near the border with Syria killed 32 people. (Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish authorities have identified the man behind a suicide bombing that killed 32 people near the Syrian border on Monday.

The 20-year-old suspect was a university student – an ethnic Kurd – who had allegedly been recruited by the Islamic State six months ago, according to Turkish state media.

The bombing has put pressure on the Turkish government to crack down on ISIS inside Turkey, as protesters say authorities are turning a blind eye to the threat.

Henri Barkey, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses the attack, the protests and the significance of the bomber being identified as an ethnic Kurd, with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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  • Henri Barkey, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He tweets @hbarkey.

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