Turkey detains three Russians suspected of IS ties after Istanbul bomb

11:54, 13 January 2016
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Turkish authorities detained three Russian nationals suspected of links with Islamic State following a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul that killed 10 tourists, media reports said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.


A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed nine German and one Peruvian tourist on Tuesday in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet Square, a major tourist draw, in an attack Turkey blamed on Islamic State. Fifteen people were also hurt in the attack, as reported by Reuters.

Russia's Consulate General in the Mediterranean city of Antalya said three Russians had been detained over suspected connection to Islamic State, Russian state news agency RIA said.

Police also seized documents and CDs during a search of the premises where the suspects were staying, Turkey's Dogan News Agency said. It was not immediately clear when the detentions occurred.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that a Syrian suicide bomber was thought to be responsible for an attack which killed at least ten people including foreigners in the heart of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet tourist district on Tuesday.

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