A terrorist attack occurred on Tuesday in Istanbul’s touristic Sultanahmet Square, killing 10 and wounding at least 15.
According to reports by private broadcaster CNN Türk, the explosion occurred by the obelisk of Theodosius in the touristic Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul’s Fatih district. Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the attack was carried out by a 28-year-old Syrian member of Islamic State. “We have determined that the perpetrator of the attack is a foreigner who is a member of Daesh.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has condemned the explosion, describing it as a suicide attack of Syrian origin.
“Unfortunately, we have casualties in the terror attack who are native and foreign. It will be announced within an hour. May God rest the souls of those who lost their lives and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. This incident has showed once again that we have to stand in full unity against terror. Turkey’s resolute and principled position will continue. It makes no difference to us what their names and abbreviations are. The first target of all terrorist organizations in this region is Turkey because Turkey is struggling against all of those with the same resolution,” Erdoğan said at the eighth Ambassadors’ Conference in Ankara, according to Hürriyet Daily News.
The United States was quick to condemn the terrorist attack.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, and wish a quick and full recovery to those injured,” said John Kirby, US State Department spokesperson, adding, “The United States reaffirms our strong commitment to work with Turkey, a NATO Ally and valued member of the Counter-ISIL Coalition, to combat the shared threat of terrorism.”