Funerals are being held for the victims of an apparent Islamic State (Isis) suicide bombing in southeastern Turkey. The blast killed 32 people, mostly young students, in the town of Suruc, near the Syrian border.

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The mother of a victim cries on his coffin during a funeral ceremony in GaziantepBulent Kilic/AFP
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A mass funeral ceremony is held in Gaziantep for victims of the suicide bomb attack in the southern Turkish town of SurucBulent Kilic/AFP
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Mourners react over a coffin during a funeral ceremony for victims of the blastBulent Kilic/AFP
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A woman mourns on a coffin during the mass funeral for victims of the suspected IS terror attack in SurucBulent Kilic/AFP
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Relatives of victims who were killed in the attack in Suruc mourn over the coffins at a cemetery in GaziantepReuters
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People carry the coffins of victims of a suicide bombing through the streets of GaziantepBulent Kilic/AFP
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A man helps carry the coffin of one of the victims of a suicide attack through the streets of GaziantepBulent Kilic/AFP
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People gesture and shout slogans while they carry the coffin of a victim in the town of SurucIlyas Akengin/AFP
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Mourners gesture during a funeral ceremony for the victims of a suicide bomb attackGokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Bodies lay beneath trees after the blast outside a cultural centre in the mostly Kurdish town, about 10 km (6 miles) from the Syrian town of Kobani, where Kurdish fighters have been battling IS.

The explosion tore through students who had gathered to make a statement to the local press about a trip they were planning to help rebuild Kobani.

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The body of a victim, covered by newspapers, lies next to a coffin in SurucAhmet Bulte/Reuters
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Forensic and police officers work at the site of a bomb attack outside a cultural centre in SurucGokhan Sahin/Getty Images
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Turkish riot police secure the the site of a bomb attack in SurucGokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said authorities have identified a suspect, and the suspect's links are being investigated. He said that initial findings "point to a suicide bomber and Daesh" (the Arabic name for IS).

The Hurriyet newspaper said the attacker was an 18-year-old woman, but there was no confirmation.

Police in Istanbul fired tear gas and water cannon when a demonstration by protesters blaming the government for the bombing turned violent. Hundreds gathered near Taksim Square, some chanting slogans against President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party.

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Protesters hold a placard reading "Goverment massacre in Suruc – killer goverment" as they march on Istiklal Avenue in IstanbulOzan Kose/AFP
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A protester fires fireworks towards Turkish riot police on Istiklal Avenue in IstanbulYasin Akgul/AFP
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Protesters throw fireworks while Turkish riot policemen fire rubber bullets to disperse them during a demonstration in IstanbulOzan Kose/AFP
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A man helps a woman affected by tear gas used by riot police to disperse demonstrators in IstanbulHuseyin Aldemir/Reuters

Turkey's Kurds have been enraged by what they see as Ankara's failure to do more to stop IS. The PKK Kurdish militant group earlier said it held the government responsible for the attack, saying Ankara had "supported and cultivated" IS against the Kurds in Syria.