Turkish court orders arrest of Istanbul bombing suspect

Published March 24th, 2016 - 08:13 GMT
Residents find a safe space inside of one of the city's stores after the explosion. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Residents find a safe space inside of one of the city's stores after the explosion. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

A Turkish court ordered the arrest of a suspect for links to a suicide attack believed to be have been carried out by Daesh that killed five people in Istanbul, according to private Dogan News Agency on Thursday.

One Iranian and three Israeli tourists were killed by the bombing which took place March 19 on Istiklal Street, a popular tourist and shopping area.

A man who is suspected to have been in contact with the bomber was arrested in Gaziantep before being transferred to Istanbul, where a court ordered that he remain in custody, Dogan reported.

Over 80 people have died in four bomb attacks carried out this year in the Turkish capital Ankara and in Istanbul. Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for the two Ankara attacks, while authorities have attributed the two attacks in Istanbul to Daesh.


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