Istanbul Suicide Bombing Kills 10,15 Wounded
A Syrian suicide bomber set off an explosion in the historic central district of Istanbul on Tuesday, killing 10 people and wounding at least 15 others, in an attack that the Turkish government attributed to the Islamic State.
All of the dead were foreign citizens; eight were German and one was Peruvian. The wounded included nine Germans, along with citizens of Norway, Peru, South Korea and Turkey.
The government said that a Syrian man born in 1988, who entered Turkey recently from Syria, was the attacker, but did not name him or provide other details of the investigation.
The blast occurred at around 10:15 a.m. in the heart of Sultanahmet, one of the most heavily trafficked districts in the historic city, steps from monuments commemorating the three empires — Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman — of which the former Constantinople, now Istanbul, was the capital.
The bomber walked up to a tour group preparing to explore the Blue Mosque and other world-renowned buildings nearby and blew himself up.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier,said “These are difficult hours for all of us. Hours of mourning, of anger, and of outrage.”