5 KILLED IN YET ANOTHER SUICIDE ATTACK IN TURKEY’S ISTANBUL
At least 5 people, 3 of them Israelis, were killed and 36 wounded in a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in central Istanbul on Saturday 03/19/2016, CNN Turk reported.
The explosion was in Istiklal Street, a wide boulevard closed to traffic that is lined with international stores and shopping centers. The last suicide attack in Istanbul occurred on 01/14/2012 .
A Reuters witness in the area saw police helicopters circling overhead and television footage showed people running from the area. A car bomb tore through the capital Ankara earlier this month, killing 37 people.
Acording to later news most of the casualties were Israeli tourists although they were a random target .
The suicide bomber was identified as a Turkish-born man Mehmet Öztürk (pic-l), 24, affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), the Turkish interior minister Efkan Ala has said on Sunday 03/20/2016 ( see – Payback ) ..
The bomber was born in 1992 in the southern city of Gaziantep, Efkan Ala told the media. He was identified by his DNA as Mehmet Öztürk and had no previous criminal record. Efkan Ala said five people have been arrested in connection with the bombing.
“We have determined that Mehmet Ozturk, born in 1992 in Gaziantep, carried out the heinous attack on Saturday in Istanbul. It has been established that he is a member of Daesh,”
Earlier Turkish media said the Istanbul bomber had been flagged by the intelligence services as an IS affiliate. The investigator reportedly linked the bomber to his residence in Gaziantep by tracing his mobile phone signal.
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