DNA test confirms Istanbul bomber has ISIS ties

DNA testing done in Turkey on Sunday confirmed that the terrorist who committed the deadly suicide bombing in Istanbul the previous day was Mehmet Ozturk, who reportedly had ties to the Islamic State, Turkish news agency Doğan reported.

Turkish authorities took DNA samples from Ozturk’s family and compared it to remains found at the site of the bombing.

At least four people were murdered – three Israelis and one Iranian national – and 36 wounded in the suicide bombing on Saturday morning on the city’s famous Istiklal Street, a popular tourist destination visited by many people on weekends. Among the Israeli wounded and dead were members of two different tour groups, which apparently met on Istiklal Street just before the attack.


Ozturk, a Turkish national, was born in 1992 in the city of Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey.

Earlier, Turkish media reported that Ozturk, who was known to Turkish security forces as a member of ISIS, was among the main suspects in the attack.