Number of Suspects Detained Over Istanbul Attack Increases to Seven

Southeast Europe | January 14, 2016, Thursday // 13:02|  views

A Turkish policeman secures the area in front of Hagia Sophia Museum after after an explosion near the Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district of central Istanbul, Turkey, 12 January 2016. Photo:EPA

The number of suspects detained over the suicide attack in Istanbul on Tuesday has increased to seven.

This was announced by Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala on Thursday, Hurriyet Daily News quotes him as saying.

On Wednesday, Ala stated that one suspect had been detained, while later Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu added that four more people had been arrested.

A suicide bomber, who has been identified as a Syrian linked to Islamic State (IS), blew himself up in the popular tourist area of Sultanahmet square in central Istanbul on Tuesday.

The suicide attack claimed the lives of eleven people, all of whom foreign tourists, and left fifteen other injured.

Turkish authorities responded to the attacks by launching large-scale anti-terrorist operations across the country, which resulted in the detention of numerous IS suspects.

Turkey was shaken by another act of violence on Wednesday evening when an attack on a police station in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir left six people dead and 39 other injured.

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Tags: turkey, Istanbul, Diyarbakir, attack, IS, Sultanahmet square, Efkan ala


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