Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Suicide Bombing Hits Istanbul Shopping District; 5 Dead, 36 Wounded

A suicide bomb attack struck a busy shopping district in Istanbul on Saturday, killing 5 and wounding 36 at the time of this writing. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, but Turkish officials say the most likely suspects would be either Kurdish militants aligned with the separatist PKK party, or minions of the Islamic State.

A man lights a candle at the site of a blast on Istiklal Street, a major shopping and tourist district, in central Istanbul on March 19, 2016. A suicide blast ripped through Istanbul, killing three Israelis and one Iranian less than a week after another deadly attack left 35 dead …

Turkish Official Fired for Wishing Israelis Dead in Istanbul Bombing

TEL AVIV – A Turkish government official was reportedly fired after saying she hoped Israeli tourists wounded in Saturday’s suicide bombing in Istanbul were dead. Irem Atkas (pictured), a member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, took to Twitter to say, “I wish the Israeli tourists were not wounded but were dead.”

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Turkish PM Offers Condolences To Israeli Victims Of Istanbul Blast

The Jerusalem Post reports: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu communicated his condolences to the Israeli victims of Saturday’s suicide bombing in the heart of Istanbul’s shopping and tourist district. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Davutoglu wrote that

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu