Saturday, March 19, 2016

Suicide Bomber Kills 5 in Istanbul Shopping Area; Fourth Attack in Turkey This Yr.,Kurds Suspected

A suicide bomber killed himself and four others in a central Istanbul shopping and tourism district today (March 19, 2016), wounding at least 36 people in the fourth such attack in Turkey this year, according to the Reuters website.

The blast sent panicked shoppers scurrying into side alleys off Istiklal Street, a long pedestrian avenue lined with international stores and foreign consulates.

The attack will raise further questions about NATO member Turkey's ability to protect itself against a spillover of violence from the war in neighboring Syria.

Turkey faces threats from Kurdish militants, whose insurgency has spread from the largely Kurdish southeast and who Ankara sees as closely linked to a Kurdish militia in Syria, and from Islamic State (IS) fighters who have also recently targeted it.

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