Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that explosive device in central Istanbul square was detonated by suicide bomber from Syria.
“I strongly condemn the terror attack in Istanbul assessed to be an attack by a suicide bomber of Syrian origin. Unfortunately we have 10 dead including foreigners and Turkish nationals… There are also 15 wounded,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by Turkey’s NTV television station.
Earlier Turkish law enforcers stated they believe the Islamic State, known as Daesh in the Arab world and prohibited in numerous countries including the United States and Russia, is behind the deadly blast in Istanbul’s central square, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reported Tuesday.
According to the newspaper, police believe IS was involved in the attack since the explosion occurred in a touristic region of the city and was aimed at civilians.
At least 10 dead and 15 injured have been reported after an explosion in Instanbul’s historical center in the city’s central square, according to Istanbul authorities.