An attack, attributed to “a woman”, targeted the beating heart of Istanbul, Turkey’s central city and economic capital, on Sunday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens in the busy shopping street of Istiklal.
According to the latest report, the high-powered explosion, which also left 81 injured, including two in serious condition, occurred around 4:20 p.m. (1:20 p.m. GMT), when the crowd was particularly dense in this famous touristy place. The attack had not been claimed in the middle of the evening.
In a statement on Twitter, Istanbul police said that the bomber had been identified as a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir. The statement explains that during interrogation, the woman admitted she received her orders from the PYD, Syria’s Democratic Union Party, which Turkey views as the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a group Turkey has been battling for decades.
The statement goes on to say that 46 other individuals were also detained for questioning about any possible role they may have had in the attack. However, The PKK denied, in a statement, any involvement in the attack and said it does not attack civilians.
Meantime, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first to denounce a “vile attack” in a statement on TV: “The first observations suggest a terrorist attack”, said the Head of State, adding that ” a woman would be involved in it”. “The perpetrators of this vile attack will be unmasked. Let our people be sure (that they) will be punished,” promised Erdogan.