Turkey Arrests Individual Allegedly Linked to Istanbul Bombing.


Turkish intelligence services said they had arrested a person in the town of Azaz, in the Aleppo countryside in northern Syria, who they said was linked to the Istanbul bombing.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said Turkish intelligence services have arrested a person in the Syrian town of Azaz, called Husam, accused of involvement in the Istiklal Street bombing.

The newspaper claimed that his role was “to have aided and abetted the bombing”, explaining that this brings to 51 the number of detainees in connection with this case.

The attack, which occurred last Sunday, left 6 dead and 81 injured, including two in critical condition, according to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay. Later, the General Directorate of Turkish Security in Istanbul announced that the author of the attack on Istiklal Street had confessed during the investigation to his affiliation with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The Directorate said in a statement that “terrorist Ahlam al-Bashir, a Syrian national, has received training to become an intelligence agent at the hands of the terrorist organization in northern Syria”.

The management added: “Investigations confirmed that she had received instructions to carry out the operation of the center of the PKK terrorist organization in the city of Ayn al-Arab in the countryside of Aleppo, in the northern Syria”.

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