Every day new details are revealed about The bombing that targeted Istiklal Street The hustle and bustle of Istanbul – a popular thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants – left six people dead, including two children.
The Syrian bomber, Ahlam Al-Bashir, made shocking new confessions. She explained to the investigators how Haji looked at her and ordered her to activate the bomb!
Al-Bashir, the suspected perpetrator of the terrorist attack in Istanbul, stated that at the time of the explosion she was not alone on Istiklal Street, and that she was under surveillance and received orders from the scene.
The explosion occurred on Sunday afternoon on the pedestrianized Istiklal Street in Istanbul’s central Beyoglu district. Six people were killed, while 81 others were injured, and the country’s authorities considered the incident a terrorist attack.
Al-Bashir, who had left the place by taxi after the explosion, was arrested and confessed to having links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
NTV channel said in a report in this regard: “Ahlam al-Bashir, the terrorist who carried out the attack organized by the PKK and YPG terrorist organization in Beyoglu, reported important information in Istanbul. The terrorist stated that she was not alone during the attack. Someone was watching her behind her, and she received an order to detonate from the scene.”
Al-Bashir also said in her interrogation testimony that while she was sitting on a bench, a terrorist codenamed Haji looked at the crowd and ordered her to activate the bomb.
The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that Turkish security forces arrested a wanted suspect in connection with the deadly bombing in Istanbul during an operation inside a Turkish-controlled area in northwestern Syria.
Other suspects arrested after the bombing will appear before court officials on Thursday to face possible charges or be released.
The Anadolu Agency reported that the Turkish police arrested the suspect, who was known by his nom de guerre “Hussam”, late Wednesday evening in the Syrian city of Azaz, which is currently under the control of the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition. He was taken to Istanbul for interrogation.
The number of detainees in connection with the terrorist attack in Istanbul has exceeded 50.
Anadolu Agency said that Hussam is accused of aiding and abetting a Syrian woman who is accused of leaving a bomb loaded with TNT on Istiklal Street. Police said the woman, identified as Ahlam al-Bashir, crossed the border into Turkey from Syria illegally and confessed to carrying out the attack.