On Sunday, November 13th, a bomb exploded on a busy pedestrian route in the heart of Istanbul, killing at least six people and wounding at least 81 others. The explosion occurred on Istiklal Street in Beyoglu Square, in the center of the biggest city in Turkey. An arrest has been made about an explosion. As Turkey’s tourism economy attempts to recover from the pandemic, the event has been labeled a terrorist act, shattering the country’s feeling of peace.
“We consider it to be a terrorist act as a result of an attacker, whom we consider to be a woman, detonating the bomb,” Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay told reporters Sunday.
Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish interior minister, said that Kurdish rebels from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) were most likely behind the fatal alleged bombing.
The Explosion Prompted A Deluge Of Condolences From Across The Globe:
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, sympathized with the Turkish people after his nation experienced a horrific terrorist assault precisely seven years before.
“On this day so symbolic for our Nation, while we think of the victims who fell on November 13, 2015, the Turkish people are struck by an attack in their heart, Istanbul,” Macron tweeted Sunday. “To the Turks: we share your pain. We stand with you in the fight against terrorism.”
The United States “strongly condemns the act of violence that took place today in Istanbul,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Sunday. “Our thoughts are with those who were injured and our deepest condolences go to those who lost loved ones.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted his “deep sadness” at the news of the blast. “I offer my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” Zelensky said. “The pain of the friendly Turkish people is our pain.”