Turkey arrests 17 people suspected of involvement in Istanbul attack
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Turkish authorities blame the bombing on the outlawed PKK and its affiliated groups . The main suspect is Syrian Ahlam Albashir, she was interrogated for about 5 hours.
A Turkish court has arrested 17 people who are suspected of involvement in a terrorist attack on the central Istiklal Street in Istanbul on November 13. This was reported by the Turkish state agency Anadolu.
A total of 51 people were detained in the case; decided to deport 29 people detained in connection with the terrorist attack from Turkey.
Turkish authorities blamed the explosion on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its affiliated Kurdish groups. Groups of Kurdish militants denied involvement in the attack.
The main suspect, a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir, was interrogated by prosecutors for about 5 hours. According to Turkish law enforcement, it was Albashir who planted the explosives on Istiklal Street.
In an appeal to the court, Albashire said she made contact with the terrorists through her boyfriend in 2017, the agency writes.
Albashir claimed to have been instructed by the Kurdish People's Self-Defense to go to Turkey.
Investigators studied footage taken by CCTV cameras on the day of the terrorist attack on Istiklal Street. According to Anadolu, they show how Albashir drove up to Taksim Square in a car and then went shopping in a store.
The cameras also recorded how another suspect in the attack, Bilal Hassan, got out of the car with a bag in hand, got into the back seat and disappeared after the incident. After the car left Taksim Square, Albashir entered the store.
A date for the trial is expected to be set after prosecutors prepare an indictment. This could take months, the Associated Press noted.
Turkey's Interior Ministry hinted at US involvement in the attack. The Turkish side rejected the condolences of the American embassy.
On the evening of November 15, another explosion thundered in Istanbul, the incident occurred in the historical center in the Fatih district.