Istanbul suicide bomber identified as IS member: Minister

bul-_2782311fA man leaves an olive branch at the site of an explosion, in Istanbul, on Sunday.

“We have determined that Mehmet Ozturk, has carried out the heinous attack on Saturday in Istanbul. It has been established that he is a member of IS,” Mr. Ala said.

Turkey has identified the suicide bomber behind Saturday’s attack in Istanbul as a member of Islamic State born in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Sunday.

“We have determined that Mehmet Ozturk, born in 1992 in Gaziantep, has carried out the heinous attack on Saturday in Istanbul. It has been established that he is a member of Daesh,” Mr. Ala told a news conference broadcast live on television.

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

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