Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay confirmed that the bomb that killed 6 people and injured more than 80 was activated by an attacker although he did not disclose if the assailant committed suicide in the episode
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS)
“A woman” would be behind the attack in Istanbul, which left at least six dead and 81 injured in the center of the city, according to a new balance, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay announced this Sunday.
“We consider this to be a terrorist attackdue to the detonation of a bomb by an assailant who is believed to be a woman, according to initial information,” Oktay told reporters after the attack on Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul's main commercial and tourist artery.
“For now we have a total of six deaths, four of them died in the same place of the events. There are 81 injured, two of whom are in serious condition,” he added.
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced a “vile attack” that It caused “six deaths and 53 injuries,” according to a latest balance, he specified live on television.
The attack in Istanbul left at least six dead and 81 injured
“The first observations suggest a terrorist attack,” the president later told the press, adding that “a woman would be involved”, without giving further details.
“If we say that it is definitely a terrorist act, we may be wrong. But from what the governor (of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya) has told me, it looks like terrorism. It is believed that a woman is involved. But a final decision will be made after the investigation, ”he qualified.
There were rumors after the explosion that it might have been a suicide attack, but without any proof or confirmation.
Authorities are investigating the attack in Istanbul (REUTERS/Kemal Aslan)
“The perpetrators of this vile attack will be unmasked. Let our population be sure that they will be punished”, declared Erdogan, two hours after the explosion that occurred in the Istiklal shopping street, in the heart of Istanbul.
“Attempts to plunge Turkey and the Turkish nation into terror will not achieve their goal today or tomorrow, any more than they have in the past,” the president said.
The explosion occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. (13 GMT), at a time when the crowd is especially dense on this street where locals and tourists usually go for a walk.
The attack occurred in one of the most central and tourist areas of Istanbul
The Turkish broadcasting authority has decreed a “temporary ban” on issuing images of the crime scene and on giving information about possible suspects, except for statements by authorities, so as not to hinder the ongoing investigation.
Firefighters, police officers and medical teams have traveled to the area, according to emergency sources confirmed to the Bursa Haberdar portal, cordoned off by the security forces to facilitate care for the victims. The Minister of the Interior, Suleiman Soylu, and the Minister of Justice, Bekir Bozdag, will also visit the site.
In In 2016 there were several terrorist attacks in Turkey, most of them from networks of the jihadist group Islamic State, in Istanbul, one of them on Istiklal street itself.
However, after the massacre caused by a jihadist on New Year's Eve of that year in a nightclub on the banks of the Bosphorus, there were no more attacks in the city.
With information from AFP and EFE< /p>