A powerful bomb has hit the heart of Istanbul's historic district, killing at least ten people. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that it was doing of a suspected suicide bomber was of "Syrian origin."
A Turkish court has postponed the verdict in a terrorism trial stemming from a bomb blast that killed 12 German tourists in Istanbul. The suicide bomber who allegedly committed the attack was a Saudi-born Syrian refugee.
Since the January 12th, 2016 killing of German tourists, Istanbul has seen unending terror including attacks, attempted coups and assassinations. One year on the once bustling tourist areas are silent and empty.
Responsibility for bombings in Istanbul has been claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), a splinter group of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Funerals have begun for the 36 dead, mostly police officers.
For a long time, 'IS' fighters left and entered Syria across theTurkish border, but lately, Ankara has been actively combatting the group. Turkey has thus become IS enemy number one, says Middle East expert Günter Meyer.
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