Istanbul suicide bomber identified after DNA tests

Suicide bomber who carried out Saturday’s terror attack in Istanbul’s Beyoglu District is identified as Mehmet Ozturk, Turkish national with DAESH links

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala speaks at a news conference, March 20, 2016.

Updated Mar 21, 2016

Turkish Interior Minister, Efkan Ala, said on Sunday that the attacker, who carried out a suicide bombing in Istanbul’s Beyoglu District on Saturday, has been identified as Turkish national Mehmet Ozturk, who had ties with DAESH terrorist group.

According to media sources, the DNA samples taken from the bomber’s father matched with the ones from the attacker, who was born in 1992 in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep.

Speaking at a news conference, Ala stated that five suspects have been detained so far, in connection with the incident, but the investigation is still ongoing.

He added that Turkey is determined to continue its anti-terror operations targeting both PKK and DAESH terrorists.

Also on Sunday, the bodies of three Israeli citizens - Simha Dimri, 60, Yonatan Suher, 40, and Avraham Goldman, 69 - who lost their lives in the suicide bomb attack were sent to Israel, along with five other Israeli citizens who were injured.

According to the White House, and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, two of the Israeli victims were dual US-Israeli citizens.

The blast killed five people, including the suicide bomber. According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, the number of people that are still being treated for their injuries have gone down to 12 from 39.

Turkey’s fight against DAESH terrorist organisation has been ongoing since July 2015, when Turkey became a target for the group.

Ankara later launched comprehensive terror operations to capture DAESH terrorists within the country.

In January, DAESH carried out a suicide bombing in central Istanbul which killed 11 tourists, and two people died when a school in southearn Kilis Province was hit by a Katyusha rocket fired by DAESH terrorists.

In October 2015, 103 people were killed in a twin DAESH suicide bomb attack in Turkey's Ankara.

Another DAESH suicide bombing resulted in the death of 34 people in Suruc District of Turkey's southeastern Sanliurfa Province, which borders Syria in July 2015.

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