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Syrian Suicide Bomber Behind Istanbul Deadly Blast

Syrian Suicide Bomber Behind Istanbul Deadly Blast

Turkish police at the Sultanahmet district following an explosion that rocked Central Turkey. Credit: Osman Orsal/ Reuters
Turkish police at the Sultanahmet district following an explosion that rocked Central Turkey. Credit: Osman Orsal/ Reuters

Investigations into the huge explosion which rocked central Istanbul’s Sultanahmet tourist district on Tuesday revealed that a 28-year-old suicide bomber of Syrian origin is behind the massive blast, stated Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus according to the Associated Press.

“I condemn the terror incident in Istanbul assessed to be an attack by a suicide bomber with Syrian origin,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a live speech broadcast on television, reported Reuters. “Unfortunately we have 10 dead including foreigners and Turkish nationals […] There are also 15 wounded.”

According to the Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet, security officials suspect that the ‘terrorist’ attack is ISIS-linked. However, the terrorist group has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion which shook the heart of Turkey’s most populous city Istanbul killed at least 10 and left 15 injured. Turkey’s Dogan news agency reported that among the injured are at least six German, one Norwegian and one Peruvian.

“We were sitting inside the shop when we heard a big explosion, which shook the windows. By the time we had gone outside, the police were already blocking the scene,” Ramadan who owns a jewelry shop in the tourist district told The Guardian. “This is really bad – the situation was already bad, but this will only make things worse for tourism. I didn’t lose any friends, but all of the people of Istanbul are our friends and it is very sad to see this happening.”

On another account, Murat Manaz, an eyewitness told the BBC: “It was a suicide bomb. I went there and saw it and came back to the hotel. There was chaos. Everybody was running somewhere.

“Policemen did not see this coming. They were distressed but at the same time they were trying to evacuate the area because they said there was a possibility that a second bomb could go off.”

The blast shook the Sultanahmet historic district which includes the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia at around 10:20 am, Istanbul local time, echoing through neighboring districts. The Turkish police immediately arrived at the scene of the explosion, sealing off the area for fears of a second explosion.

Shortly afterwards, the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) ordered a media gag on reporting the incident upon demand from the Prime Minister’s office, local media reported.

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