Person behind Istanbul blast arrested: Turkish Interior Minister
Pieces of evidence show PKK/YPG terrorist group behind attack, says Suleyman Soylu
The person who left the bomb that caused the explosion on Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue has been arrested, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said early Monday.
“Our assessment is that the order for the deadly terror attack came from Ayn al-Arab in northern Syria, where the PKK/YPG has its Syrian headquarters,” said Soylu.
He reiterated that Türkiye will continue with its resolute and rightful war on terror.
“We will retaliate against those who are responsible for this heinous terror attack,” he added.
Soylu confirmed that six people were killed and 81 were injured in the attack.
Fifty of the injured were released from hospitals, while five are in intensive care units, he said.
Also, two of the injured are in critical condition, he added.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is its Syrian offshoot.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.