IS-linked Turkish jihadist blamed for Istanbul attack

Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work at the scene of an explosion on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016A Turkish jihadist with links to the Islamic State carried out the suicide bombing that killed four foreigners on a major shopping street in Istanbul, Interior Minister Efken Ala said Sunday. Ala named the bomber as Mehmet Ozturk from Gaziantep, a southeastern city on Turkey’s border with Syria. Three Israelis and one Iranian were killed, and 39 people injured, when the bomber blew himself up Saturday on Istiklal Caddesi, a bustling pedestrian street and popular meeting spot in the heart of the city.

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