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UPDATE - EU envoys visit Istanbul blast site, condemn terrorism

UPDATE - EU envoys visit Istanbul blast site, condemn terrorism
Police say terrorist who detonated car bomb in Tuesday's attack has been identified

*UPDATES WITH POLICE SAYING TERRORIST IDENTIFIED

By Yakup Cubuk

ISTANBUL (AA) – Envoys from EU states visited the blast site in Istanbul Wednesday following Tuesday's terror attack that left 11 people dead.

The EU consul generals left roses at the site in commemoration of the victims and offered their condolences to the victims’ families.

French Consul General to Istanbul Muriel Domenach said they condemned terrorism wherever it comes from. German and Spanish consul generals were among those who visited the site.

The United Nations, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and the EU have all voiced condemnation and concern in separate statements following the attack.

"We reiterate our continuing solidarity to Turkey, its government and its people and reaffirm our commitment to work closely together to fight the global threat of terrorism," the EU said in a statement.

The terror attack by a bomb-laden car on a riot police vehicle in Beyazit's Vezneciler area on the city's European side was carried out at 8.40 a.m. local time (0540GMT), Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said Tuesday.

Apart from killing 11 people, including civilians and police officers, the deadly attack left 36 people wounded and damaged nearby shops, vehicles and hotels.

- Terrorist identified

Also on Wednesday, Turkish police said the terrorist, who remotely detonated the car bomb in Tuesday’s attack had been identified. They, however, did not release any detail about the alleged attacker.

Police added that all foreign embassies in Turkey would be contacted to figure out the identity of the body of a man who was killed in the blast.

So far, four people have been arrested in connection with Tuesday’s car-bomb attack.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the blast.

*Anadolu Agency Correspondents Ayse Humeyra Atilgan from Istanbul and Ahmet Sait Akcay from Istanbul contributed to this story.

source: News Feed
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