Three Israelis killed in Istanbul bombing
Three Israelis were killed in a Saturday morning suicide bombing in Istanbul that wounded at least 36 others,Turkey’s deputy foreign minister confirmed on Saturday, Turkish media outlets reported.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said there were 11 wounded Israelis: two were in serious condition, two in moderate condition, six in light condition, and a wounded woman who was in surgery. Ten Israelis were considered missing hours after the attack, raising fears that more Israelis had died.
The attack occurred on the city’s famous Istiklal Street, a popular tourist destination visited by many people on weekends. Among the wounded Israelis were members of two different tour groups, which apparently met on Istiklal Street just before the attack.
The MDA and Foreign Ministry sent two planes to Turkey to bring the wounded home. Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold decided to cut short his participation in the AIPAC Conference in Washington, DC, which is to begin on Saturday, and fly to Istanbul to visit the wounded.
Turkish officials said that evidence suggests that the bomber may have come from ISIS or the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to the official, the suicide bomber planned to detonate in another crowded spot, but became anxious upon seeing police and triggered the bomb.
By evening, video circulated on social media networks showing a suspicious individual walking around before the bomb exploded. A picture was also posted that purportedly showed the terrorist. According to unconfirmed reports, the man in question was linked to Islamic State.