ISTANBUL (AVRUPA TIMES) A Syrian suicide bomber carried out Tuesday’s attack in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet tourist district, Turkey’s president said.
“I condemn the terror incident assessed to be an attack by a Syrian-origin suicide bomber,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Addressing an ambassadors’ conference in Ankara, Erdogan added: “Unfortunately we have [had] killings in this terror incident. These are Turkish nationals and foreigners. This incident showed one more time that we should be united
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told journalists the bomber was born in Syria in 1988 and that most of the casualties in attack were foreigners.
He confirmed that 10 people were killed and 15 injured in the blast in Sultanahmet and said two of the wounded were in a serious condition.
Erdogan said: “The main target of the terror organizations operating in this region is Turkey because Turkey has been fighting against all of them with the same determination.”
Turkey has faced recent attacks from the far-left groups and the Daesh terrorist organization as well as a renewed terror campaign by terrorist organization PKK in the southeast.