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Istanbul hit by suicide bomb attack

At least five people have been killed and 20 more wounded after a deadly suicide bomb attack hit Istanbul’s main shopping street of major tourist district

Constanze Letsch for The Guardian reports: the blast was caused by a suicide bomber who detonated his bombing vest at the local district governor’s office which is located on a pedestrian boulevard lined with stores and restaurants.

As reported by Turkish media, the bomber initially planned to hit another target, but the bomb went off early. One of those killed was the suicide bomber himself, three of the injured were taken to a hospital in critical condition. The Israeli minister confirmed that there were Israeli citizens among the victims.

A witness told that he heard a loud explosion and saw wounded people crawling on the ground. The scene was immediately sealed off by police with helicopters circling overhead.

The deputy prime minister of Turkey condemned the attack and declared that the country would not fear terrorism. “They want to scare Turkey with these attacks,” he said. “They want citizens to lock themselves in at home. They want citizens to be unable to leave the house. But no, they can do whatever they want, but we will not get used to terror.” No group immediately claimed of responsibility for the attack.

Foreign minister of Turkey stated: “Terrorism once again showed its ugly and treacherous face, and targeted civilians. Our struggle against terrorism will continue in the most decisive manner and on all levels, both here and abroad. We expect the whole world, first and foremost Europe, to cooperate with us in the fight against terrorism.”

On Thursday Germany closed schools, embassy and consulate in Istanbul, fearing a ‘possible imminent attack’. Governor of Istanbul criticized this move and added that Germany diplomatic mission created groundless panic.

Letsch concludes: “Turkey has been on high alert after suffering a string of deadly terrorist attacks on its soil. More than 200 people have died in five major bombings since July of last year. Last Sunday, suicide bombers killed 37 people at a bus stop in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The militant Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (Tak) claimed responsibility for the attack

The group, an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), said that the bombing came in retaliation for ongoing security operations in the predominantly Kurdish south-east, and threatened that attacks would continue. Tak previously claimed responsibility for a separate suicide car bombing in Ankara last month that killed 29 people.”

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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