Turkish police have arrested a suspect after an explosion in central Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue on Sunday that killed eight people, the interior minister confirmed.
Home Minister Suleiman Soylu Said The Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) is behind the bombing in a busy street in Turkey’s largest city, Beyoğlu district, local media reported on Monday.
The PKK is a militant political organization aiming to establish an independent Kurdish state inside Turkey. The organization is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.
An assessment conducted by officials suggests that “the order for the deadly terrorist attack came from Ain al-Arab in northern Syria, where the PKK/YPG has its Syrian headquarters.”
“We will avenge those responsible for this heinous terrorist attack.”
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Soylu has confirmed that eight people have been killed and 81 injured in Sunday’s blast. Of those, 51 of her have been released from hospital and are still in intensive care units.
Two of the injured victims are in critical condition, he added.
video footage Descriptions of the incident posted online show that hundreds of people fled the congested area after a large explosion around 4:13 pm local time. The explosion sent debris into the air, leaving several people on the ground.
“The perpetrators of this attack will be exposed.”
another video The alleged suspect behind the blast, a woman, appears to be shown sitting on a bench in the street for about 40 minutes before leaving with her bag on the bench. An explosion occurs about a minute or two after she leaves.
Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters on Sunday that there were two possibilities regarding the bag: “There was a mechanism in the bag that caused it to explode on its own, or someone detonated it from a distance. rice field.
Details regarding victims are still being updated. However, officials said a government ministry official and his daughter died.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday explained While offering condolences to the victims, he said the blast was “dangerous”.
“Let our country be assured that the perpetrators of this attack will be exposed in all its elements and punished as they deserve,” the president said.
Several countries, including Greece, Egypt, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Italy, Pakistan, the UK and the US, have also offered their condolences to Turkey and the victims of Sunday’s attacks.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: statement The Biden administration “strongly condemns the acts of violence” that took place in Istanbul, and the United States stands “to stand shoulder to shoulder with NATO ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism.”
“Our thoughts are with those injured and our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones,” the statement said.
But Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Monday took aim at what he said called “The dishonesty of our so-called allies,” he said, “looks like friends to us,” but “either hide all terrorists in their own country or give them life in the areas they control.” , send them’ money to their own Senate.