Suicide Blasts Hit Istanbul Tourist Area, Officials Blame Islamic State
A suicide bomber has detonated a bomb in Sultanahmet square in Turkey, killing at least 10 people and injuring others. Turkey has since blamed the attack on the ISIS as the bomber was later identified as a member of the Islamic state.Advertisement
Following the attack, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu openly blamed ISIS and said that the attacks would not stop Turkey from participating in strikes against the Islamic state. On television, he declared, “Until we wipe out Daesh, Turkey will continue its fight at home and with coalition forces.”
According to a report from Reuters, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also said that the bomber had most likely entered Turkey by way of Syria. However, the said bomber was not in Turkey’s watch list of suspected militants. Based on what had been identified, the ISIS bomber was believed to be a Syrian born in 1998.
Meanwhile, several coalition members also remarked strongly against the attack in Istanbul. The U.S. Department State issued a statement saying, “The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack today in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, Turkey. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, and wish a quick and full recovery to those injured.” At the same time, British Prime Minister David Cameron also expressed his condolences to President Erdogan of Turkey following the attacks while German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone with Davutoglu.
The attack occurred in one of Turkey’s most popular tourist areas, near major tourist sites such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Among the dead were a number of German tourists.