Tragic Istanbul Explosion

On November 13th, 2022, at 4:20 p.m. local time, it was a bombing on Istiklal Street in Beyoglu District, Istanbul, Turkiye. At least six people were killed and 81 wounded in the bombing, according to Istanbul governor Ali Yerikaya. A woman with a roadside bag was the main culprit of the attack, and no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for it. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the blast was a “vile attack.” “It would be wrong to say this is undoubtedly a terrorist attack, but the initial developments and initial intelligence from my governor is that it smells like terrorism,” he told a news conference. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay later said he assumed the blast was a “terrorist attack” that appeared to have been carried out by a woman. Anadolu reported that five prosecutors were assigned to

investigate the cause of the blast. Representatives from each country responded to the incident in this way. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his condolences to Erdogan. “My thoughts are with the victims and their families, and my wishes for recovery go out to all those injured.” Steinmeier wrote Sunday, according to a statement from his office.”In this moment of shock, we Germans stand by the citizens of Istanbul and the Turkish people.”German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said: “My thoughts are with the people who simply wanted to stroll on the Istiklal shopping street on a Sunday and have now become victims of a serious explosion.”

“Our thoughts are with those who were injured, and our deepest condolences go to those who lost loved ones,” a White House statement said. The statement said that the US stood “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Turkey in fighting terrorism.

By. Seunghoon Jeong