Scene of Gaziantep attack
Scene of Gaziantep attackReuters

The United States on Sunday condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the terrorist attack in Gaziantep, Turkey, on Saturday, in which 51 people were killed.

“The perpetrators of this barbaric act cynically and cowardly targeted a wedding, killing dozens and leaving scores wounded,” said National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Ned Price in a statement.

|Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured. We stand with the people of Turkey as they defend their democracy in the face of all forms of terrorism,” he continued.

“We are in close touch with Turkish authorities, and Vice President Biden will visit Ankara on Wednesday, August 24 to reaffirm our commitment to work together with Turkey, our valued NATO Ally and partner, to confront the scourge of terrorism,” concluded the statement.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement of condolences to the families of those killed in the attack in Turkey.

"Israel expresses its condolences to the families of the victims in the city of Gaziantep and sends its best wishes to those who were injured. In order to defeat terrorism, the international community must join forces and fight with power and determination," he said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the suicide bomber who carried out the attack was between 12 and 14 years old.

Erdogan has blamed the Islamic State (ISIS) for the attack, though the terror organization has not claimed responsibility.