Istanbul bombing: Five suspects charged in Bulgaria

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Istanbul bombing: five suspects charged in Bulgaria

Five people, including two “Syrian Kurds”, were arrested in Bulgaria in connection with the attack in Istanbul on November 13.

Five suspects have been indicted in Bulgaria after the attack. attack perpetrated on November 13 in Istanbul, attributed by the authorities to Kurdish fighters of the PKK and their allies in Syria, the Bulgarian prosecutor's office announced on Saturday.

Five people have been charged with helping one of the alleged perpetrators of the attack to flee, said Siyka Mileva, spokesperson for the Prosecutor General of Sofia, referring to a mainly logistical role.

Arrested on Wednesday, two of these people are Syrian Kurds, a woman and a 31-year-old man named Amran Abdulrami, who appears to be the main suspect, according to Attorney General Ivan Guechev, interviewed by AFP.

The other three are Moldovan nationals of the Gagauz minority (Turkish-speaking Christians).

The Turkish authorities have requested the extradition of some of the defendants, added the magistrate.

In addition to their indictment for complicity in the x27;attack, they are suspected of human smuggling at the Turkish-Bulgarian border with the help of Bulgarian officials, according to Mr. Guechev.

They would have organized a channel through which a suspect in the attack left Turkey, a police source told AFP.

The four men were imprisoned after a hearing on Saturday afternoon at the court in Sofia, where they appeared handcuffed. The prosecution had not requested the detention of the accused woman.

According to a court statement, however, their involvement in the Istanbul attack is unproven. The only link is a mobile phone, which one of the detainees allegedly used to contact one of the participants in the attack, the court pointed out.

L' Amran Abdulrami's lawyer announced he would appeal, his client rejecting all allegations.

Six people were killed and 81 others injured in the explosion that occurred last Sunday in the middle of the afternoon on a pedestrian artery in the heart of Istanbul.

The attack did not been claimed at this time.

Seventeen people have been imprisoned in Turkey, including a 23-year-old young woman accused of planting the bomb on a bench on Istiklal Avenue.

Arrested in an apartment in the suburbs of Istanbul, Alham Albashir, presented as being of Syrian nationality, would have entered Turkey illegally from northeastern Syria, according to the authorities.

She admitted to the facts while in police custody, they claimed.

According to the official Anadolu news agency, which cited the police report, she said he first came into contact with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in 2017 through his ex-boyfriend and allegedly kept a connection with this organization after their breakup.

The PKK and the YPG (People's Protection Units), a Kurdish militia active in Syria and accused by Turkey of being affiliated with the PKK, have denied any involvement in the attack.

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