The Anatolia news agency quoted Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu as saying today, Monday, that his country will not accept messages of condolence from the United States for yesterday’s Istanbul attack, which resulted in six deaths and dozens of wounded.
This came after Turkey announced the arrest of the suspect in the Istiklal Street bombing in the city, said his name was Ahlam al-Bashir and received instructions to carry out the operation from the organization center of the Protection Units. of the Kurdish people in the Syrian city of Kobani (Ain al-Arab).
She said she admitted she entered illegally in Turkey from the Syrian region of Afrin.
US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Syria tensions rise with Turkey, which Ankara classifies as a “terrorist organization”.
Today, Monday, the Istanbul police announced the arrest of 46 people in connection with the Istanbul blast, which killed at least 6 people, noting that Syria had planted the bomb and admitted acting on the orders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and had also received instructions in Kobani, in the northeast of Syria.
Police added that the Syrian woman who carried out the attack in Istanbul claimed to have received training from Kurdish militants. Police indicated that the perpetrator, Ahlam al-Bashir, planted the bomb on Istiklal Street and illegally entered in Turkey fromarea between Afrin and Idlib. Some media Turks posted a photo of the Syrian defendant.
Six people were killed and another 81 injured, yesterday, Sunday, during an explosion that shook the crowd via pedestrian Istiklal Street in the center of Istanbul, in an incident that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said was carried out by a bomb and “reeked of terrorism”.
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