On March 19, 2016, someone detonated an explosive device on crowded Istiklal shopping street in Istanbul, killing at least five people including three Israelis and one Iranian (Ali Reza). 36 people were also wounded.
Turkish interior minister Efkan Ala has identified the terrorist, Turkish citizen Mehmet Ozturk, 24, with no previous criminal record. Ala claimed that he could be member of Daesh (ISIS).
“It has been established that he is a member of Daesh (ISIS),” Ala said in a media briefing on Sunday, adding that five arrests have so far been made in connection with the blast.
Israeli victims (3 dead and 11 injured) were flown home by three Israeli military ambulance planes.
Both Erdogan and Netanyahu have blamed ISIS for the attack. Both Israel and Turkey provide tactical and medical facilities to ISIS fighters. Jewish press has reported that Netanyahu thinks the terrorist attack was mainly to kill Israeli citizens. It also reported that it’s the first time Turkish intelligence agency (MIT) and Israeli Mossad are sharing information since Israeli attack on Turkish aid vessel Mavi Marmara in 2010.
Iran’s foreign minister Dr. Javad Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglo condemned the attack at a joint press briefing in Istanbul on March 19.
This is the fourth terrorist attack in Turkey this year. On March 13, 27 people were killed and dozens wounded in a car bombing near Ankara’s main Kizilay square. On February 17, 29 people were killed in a car bombing targeting the Turkish military in Ankara. The attack was claimed by a group calling itself the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) but Turkish authorities said there was also a Syrian Kurdish link. On January 12, eleven German tourists were killed and another 16 people wounded in a suicide attack by a bomber in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, the ancient tourist heart of the city.
American political analyst, author and radio talk-show host, Mark Glenn, in an interview with Press TV claimed Saturday attack was a false flag operation carried out by Turkish intelligence with help from CIA and Mossad.
Israeli Mossad has proven history of terrorism around the world – from the West Bank to Argentine.
The AKP fools governing Turkey fail to realize that the anti-Assad war is part of the US-Israel agenda for the break-up of both Turkey and Syria in order to create a US-Israel friendly Kurdistan.