Turkey Arrests Suspect in Istanbul Attacks, But Won’t Tell Who It Is
Turkish authorities have made an arrest in Tuesday's bombing in Istanbul. But his identity has not yet been revealed.
Turkish authorities probing a deadly attack in the heart of Istanbul’s most popular tourist district said Wednesday they had arrested a suspect with alleged ties to the suicide bombing that killed at least 10 people.
What remains unclear is who exactly that suspect is and how they tracked him down. The bomber himself, who was identified as Nabil Fadli, a Saudi-born Syrian citizen born in 1988, died in the attack. Ankara alleges he had ties to the Islamic State.
Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala announced the arrest Wednesday in a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Thomas de Mazière. Nearly all the victims of the attack were German, including 10 who have been confirmed as dead. Despite the high German death toll, de Mazière told reporters there are “no indications that the attack was specifically directed against Germans.”
German news agency DPA reported that the 10 victims, who have not yet been identified by name, included men and women between the ages of 51 and 75, who came from four German states and Berlin. Ala said the overall death toll has not yet been confirmed.
De Mazière visited the site of the attack Wednesday, and called the bombing “an attack against humanity.”
“I came here today in order to show that the entire population of Germany, together with the people of Turkey, condemn this attack, and we mourn together,” he said.
In recent days, Turkey — which has come under scrutiny from Western officials who claim it has not done enough to stop the Islamic State — has arrested dozens of people who allegedly have ties to the terrorist organization. In a Wednesday raid on what is believed to be an Islamic State cell, three Russians were detained.
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