A Syrian terrorist blew himself up in a popular tourist area of Istanbul, Turkey, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15 more.
“The explosion, which could be heard from several neighborhoods, was at a park that is home to a landmark obelisk, some 25 yards from the historic Blue Mosque,” Fox New reported.
CNN is reporting that 9 German nationals died in the blast. According to Turkey’s Dogan news agency among the injured were at least 6 Germans, 1 Norwegian and 1 Peruvian.
The 28-year-old Syrian national set off his bomb at approximately 10:20 a.m. local time, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
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ISIS is believed to be behind the attack. Turkey, which is a member of NATO, has been increasingly involved in the Syrian civil war, allowing the U.S. to conduct bombing missions from the Incirlik Air Base and tightening its borders to prevent fighters from going into Syria.
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“ISIS has responded by singling out Turkey as a primary target, and a recent issue of its Dabiq magazine had a cover showing Erdogan alongside U.S. President Barack Obama,” CNN reports.
“An attack like this is designed to create economic, political and social consequences,” Asia-Pacific Foundation’s Sajjan Gohel told CNN. “Turkey has to realize that the pipeline that feeds ISIS from Turkey to Syria has to now be cut off, because incidents like this are not one-offs. This could be part of a series of plots.”
Fox News reported:
More than 30 people were killed in an ISIS suicide attack in the town of Suruc, near Turkey’s border with Syria, in July.
Two suicide bombs in October outside Ankara’s main train station as people gathered for a peace rally killed more than 100 people. It was Turkey’s deadliest attack. The prosecutor’s office said the attack was carried out by a local ISIS cell.