Turkish Police Detains over 50 including 3 Russians after Terror Bombing

nsnbc : Turkish police and security services detained over 50 persons after the deadly terror bombing at Istanbul’s Sultanahmet square on Tuesday. Three Russian citizens with alleged ties to foreign terrorist organizations are among the detainees.

Antalya_Turkey_Russians Arresyed_Jan 2016The terror bombing ripped through Istanbul’s Sultanahmet square close to the world-famous Haga Sofia and Blue Mosque on Tuesday claimed mostly lives and injured foreign tourists. Among the dead and injured were several Germans, confirmed German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The attack has been attributed to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL or Daesh; Although, the evidence that has been provided to media and the public in support of this claim has been sketchy, and multiple factors other than Daesh cannot be ruled out.

The Russian State news agency Tass quoted “a source” as confirming that all three detained Russian citizens have links to foreign terrorist organizations. The agency quotes “the source” as saying:

“There is information on all the three detained Russian citizens in Turkey and on their ties or participation in foreign terrorist groups. Moreover, one of them was earlier put on the Russian and international wanted list”.

It is at this time uncertain whether or not the three Russian citizens or any Russian citizen was involved in Tuesday’s terror attack. Turkish authorities report that all of the three Russian detainees refused to contact Russian authorities.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian authorities are investigating the circumstances of the detention of the three Russian nationals in Antalya. The Tass news agency quotes Zakharova as saying:

“Shortly after receiving information on the detention of three Russian citizens in Turkey, Russia’s foreign services contacted the Turkish authorities to clarify all the circumstances”.

In 2013 the European Union’s intelligence service estimated that over 10,000 persons from EU member States were fighting alongside terrorist brigades or insurgencies in Syria. Syrian military and government sources have repeatedly reported about the presence of terrorists from the Russian Federation among terrorist brigades. The number of Russian citizens among terrorist brigades in Syria is estimated at several thousand. Most are from Chechnya and other of the Russian Federation’s Caucasus region.

Turkey is the main transit country for insurgents as well as for logistical and other support for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Jabhat Al-Nusrah, and other terrorist brigades. Russian – Turkish relations have been stressed since Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24 front-line bomber over Syria in 2015.

CH/L – nsnbc 13.01.2016

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