An Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bomber just killed at least 10 people and injured 15. The bomb went off in Istanbul, Turkey’s tourist district…. and most of the victims were from Germany. This is the first major terrorist attack on tourists in Turkey.
The terrorist was Syrian and in his late 20s… he walked up to a tour group that planned to explore the Blue Mosque and other buildings. Then he blew himself up!
As investigators pored over the blast scene near the mosque, top government leaders gathered for an emergency security meeting to discuss their response.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack from any militant group. But Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the bomber belonged to Islamic State and urged Ankara’s allies to step up the fight against the Sunni Muslim militant group based in Syria that has tried to project its global power by carrying out terrorist attacks around the world.
“This attack is a repercussion on Turkey of the civil war that has been going on in Syria for five years, and its related proxy wars,” said Numan Kurtulmus, Turkey’s deputy prime minister.
While Islamic State bombers have targeted peace protests and public gatherings of activists in Turkey, Tuesday’s attack is likely to have far-reaching effects on the country’s $30 billion tourist industry, economy and security.
Here is a picture a tourist captured at the exact moment the bomb blew up in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul:
As Fox News noted:
Turkey suffered two major bombing attacks last year.
More than 30 people were killed in an ISIS suicide attack in the town of Suruc, near Turkey’s border with Syria, in July.
Two suicide bombs in October outside Ankara’s main train station as people gathered for a peace rally killed more than 100 people. It was Turkey’s deadliest attack. The prosecutor’s office said the attack was carried out by a local ISIS cell.
Last month, Turkish authorities arrested two suspected ISIS militants they said were planning suicide bombings during New Year’s celebrations in the capital.
Here’s a quick recap of the bombing and situation in Turkey:
Yet another example of why you can’t trust refugees from Syria, and why the world suffers when America has weak leadership in the White House. The Islamic State (ISIS) is growing stronger and causing chaos… this bold and deadly attack is inexcusable, and it’s time to wipe ISIS off the map.
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