THE WAR ON ISIS HAS BEGUN FOR ISRAEL: DNA tests confirm that the suicide bomber in Istanbul who killed and wounded Israelis was a member of ISIS
DNA testing done in Turkey 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 Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Sunday.
Police were questioning the father and brother of the alleged bomber Ozturk and had determined his identity by checking a DNA sample from the blast scene against one taken from his father, security sources said.
Ozturk’s family reported him missing after he went to Istanbul in 2013, the security sources said.
“The identity of the terrorist who carried out this reprehensible attack has been determined…The findings obtained show that the terrorist is linked to the Daesh terror organization,” the minister said, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.
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, a province which borders Syria.
Ala said Ozturk had no previous criminal record and five other people were detained as part of the investigation.
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.
Turkey has endured six suicide bombing attacks in less than a year. The country faces a wide array of security threats