Turkey’s police identify suicide bomber in Istanbul terror attack

Twenty-year-old Burak Yavuz carried out suicide bombing, Istanbul police say.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Representatives of foreign missions hold wreaths at the scene of blasts in Istanbul, Turkey, December 12, 2016.

Police in Turkey have identified a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside Besiktas football stadium last week that killed 44 people and injured dozens of others.

Istanbul’s anti-terror police said the suicide bomber was 20-year-old Burak Yavuz from the Turkish city of Sanliurfa, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

On Saturday night, a car bomb exploded outside the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul's Besiktas district, followed within a minute by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park.

TAK, an offshoot of the PKK terror group, claimed responsibility for the attacks. It had also claimed responsibility for a number of other attacks in Turkey this year, including two bombings in Ankara in February and March which combined killed at least 67 people.

 

 

Source: 
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