Ahlam Albashir, Confesses to the Istanbul explosion that killed 6 people

Ahlam Albashir, Confesses to the Istanbul explosion that killed 6 people

Ahlam Albashir was arrested after being observed running away with a red rose in her hand, and she was afterward paraded in handcuffs.

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A woman, Ahlam Albashir, has admitted to setting a bomb in Istanbul that killed six people.

On Monday, six people were murdered in an explosion in Istanbul, which Turkey blamed on Kurdish terrorists. Police apprehended 47 individuals, including a Syrian woman accused of preparing the device. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied participation in the explosion that occurred on Sunday on Istanbul’s main pedestrian Istiklal Avenue.

 No one has yet claimed credit for it. Hundreds of shoppers, tourists, and families fled the area as the explosion left 81 people injured and debris flying into the air. Suleyman Soylu, the interior minister, said that the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia were behind the explosion, which reminded Turks of other strikes of a similar kind.

According to Ankara, the YPG is a PKK branch. NATO members are at odds because the US has been aiding the YPG in the Syrian war. Soylu, a ferocious critic of Washington, compared American sympathies for the victims as the world condemned the assault to “the killer coming as one of the first to the site of the crime.”

PKK Denied Involvement

The PKK denied involvement in the incident and vowed not to attack civilians in a statement posted on its website. On Twitter, SDF commander Mazloum Abdi denied involvement. Ahlam Albashir, a Syrian national who was apprehended during a raid overnight, was identified by police as the suspected bomber.

Albashir allegedly admitted to police during questioning that she had received training from Kurdish militants and had entered Turkey through the town of Afrin in northern Syria.

A woman-looking person was seen leaving a package beneath a raised flower bed in the middle of the avenue just before the attack, according to earlier television news reports. The possibility that Islamic State was behind the attack was “not entirely disregarded,” according to a Turkish official.

ECHOES OF PAST ATTACKS

Six Turkish nationals were slain in the incident, two from each of three families. According to the Demiroren agency, social worker Yusuf Meydan and his daughter, age nine, perished in the assault, while his wife was inside a store and escaped the bomb.

According to Yusuf Meydan’s cousin in an interview with Demiroren, the Meydan family was scheduled to return to their hometown of Adana on Sunday after attending an engagement celebration for a relative in Istanbul.

“They traveled there to attend a relative’s engagement ceremony, and they were expected to return yesterday night. They were about to go to Taksim when the tragedy occurred. I abhor terrorist acts. Nothing else has to be stated “The cousin of Meydan remarked.

“They traveled there to attend a relative’s engagement ceremony, and they were expected to return yesterday night. They were about to go to Taksim when the tragedy occurred. I abhor terrorist acts. Nothing else has to be stated “The cousin of Meydan remarked. Authorities said that 57 individuals had been treated and released from the hospital, leaving 24 injured, including two who were in severe condition.

Targeted Istanbul

The assault raised worries that there would be other occurrences of this kind before elections in June 2023, which polls indicate President Tayyip Erdogan may lose after 20 years in office. In the past, militants from the Kurdish, Islamist, and communist movements have targeted Istanbul.

When a truce between Ankara and the PKK collapsed in the middle of 2015, ahead of elections in November of that year, a wave of bombs and other attacks started occurring throughout the country.

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 Lokman Kalkan, who was cleaning up blood and shards of glass off the ground outside his luggage store close to the explosion scene, said that “it has been a tragedy.” “That’s all that took place. Fighting for their life was going on.”

Three invasions by Turkey against the YPG in northern Syria have already taken place, and Erdogan said this year that a fourth operation was on the horizon. Since 1984, the PKK has conducted an uprising against the Turkish government in which conflicts have claimed the lives of over 40,000 people. The United States, the European Union, and Turkey all see it as a terrorist organization.

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