Turkish police detain man who left bomb on Istiklal street in Istanbul


YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 14, ARTSAKHPRESS. Turkish police have detained a man who is believed to have left the bomb, which detonated on Sunday on Istiklal Street in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, Minister of Internal Affairs of Turkey Suleyman Soylu said, reports TASS.

“The man who left the bomb in Beyoglu was detained by the Istanbul security department. He is under interrogation,” he said.

Soylu also pointed out that the investigation has evidence indicating that the traces of the terrorist attack lead to Syria and groups recognized as terrorist by Ankara are involved in it.

According to him, more than 20 people who may be involved in the attack have been detained.

“According to our estimates, the order to carry out the attack came from Kobani, and the perpetrator of the attack came from Afrin,” the minister said.

Kobani and Afrin are cities in northern Syria known for activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Self-Defense Forces (HXP) of the Syrian Kurds banned in the republic. “Our findings point to the PKK/HXP,” the minister added.

On Sunday, a powerful blast occurred in the Istiklal Caddesi pedestrian street in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district at about 16:20 local time. According to official data, six people were killed and more than 80 were injured.

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