The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic, Suleiman Soylu, said that Turkish police detained a man who could have left a bomb on Istiklal Street in Istanbul.
“The man who left the bomb has been detained,” the TRT World TV channel quoted the official as saying.
According to him, initial reports indicate that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are behind the explosion.
The PKK and YPG are recognized as terrorist in Turkey.
On Sunday afternoon, an explosion occurred on the pedestrian tourist street Istiklal in the center of Istanbul. According to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, six people died as a result. The Istanbul Prosecutor General’s Office launched an investigation into the incident. The criminal court imposed a ban on broadcasting from the site and on social networks. As TRT Haber later reported, the security forces launched an investigation into 25 users who posted provocative posts after the incident.
The Turkish authorities regard the incident as a terrorist attack, which, according to preliminary data, was committed by a woman.
The Russian Consulate General stated that there were no reports of Russians injured in the explosion.