“Not Syrian” A Turkish journalist puts in doubt the nationality of the Istanbul bomber

Turkish journalist Hadia Levent said it has become clear that Ahlam al-Bashir, accused of carrying out the Istanbul bombing, does not have Syrian nationality, according to various media reports, which speak of a high possibility that she is Somali, according to Turkish opposition newspaper Zaman.

Levent explained that he tried to verify this information, saying he assumed the attacker was from North Africa.

Levent added that there are contradictions as to when the attacker arrived in Turkey via Afrin and whether the attacker had already crossed the border or not.

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The Turkish newspaper quoted Levent as saying there were reports circulating that Turkish intelligence started a security campaign against Turkish-backed Syrian armed groups in Idlib and Afrin a day after the attack, saying, “There was a ‘other news of the arrest of 17 people by Turkish-backed groups in Afrin, and the name of the Hamzat band was mentioned.

And Levent said that armed clashes had broken out between the Turkish-backed groups, saying, “They have taken control of Afrin. In light of all this, it is clear that northern Syria has been out of control for a long time. Under these conditions, anyone can cross the region. The leader of the organization has been arrested”. Italian criminal in Idlib, it turns out he crossed over from Turkey.”

The explosion occurred on Sunday afternoon on via Istiklal pedestrian walkway in the central Beyoglu district of Istanbul. Six people were killed, while 81 others were injured and the country’s authorities considered the incident a terrorist attack.

Al-Bashir, who had left the post in taxi after the explosion, he was arrested and confessed to having ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The NTV channel stated in a report in this regard: “Ahlam al-Bashir, the terrorist who carried out the attack organized by the PKK and YPG terrorist organization in Beyoglu, reported important information to Istanbul. The female terrorist said that she was not alone during the attack. Someone was watching behind her, and she received orders to explode from the scene.”

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