April 19, 2018

Cameron backs Turkey in hunt to find ‘Islamic State member’ behind Istanbul bombing

DAVID Cameron has backed Turkey in their search to hunt down the terrorist behind the Istanbul bombing – thought to be an Islamic State member.

At least ten people were killed in the blast with Turkish president Recep Tayyip pointing the finger at the terror group, also known as Daesh.

German leader Angela Merkel confirmed eight of the victims are German tourists but officials have not confirmed if any Britons were injured or killed.

In a telephone call this evening, Mr Cameron offered his condolences to the Turkish president.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister called president Erdogan of Turkey this evening to express his condolences following today’s terrorist attack in Istanbul.

“They agreed on the importance of remaining resolute in fighting terrorism, and president Erdogan updated the Prime Minister on the investigation.

“The Prime Minister offered the UK’s support in establishing who was responsible for the attack.”

Fifteen people from Norway, Peru, South Korea and Turkey were also injured in the terror attack.

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said: “We have determined that the perpetrator of the attack is a foreigner who is a member of Daesh.”

Turkish media reports named the suspect as Nabil Fadli.

Forensics officers were able to identify the bomber – a Syrian in their late twenties – from body parts at the scene.

Responding to the attack, Mrs Merkel said: “Today Istanbul was hit; Paris has been hit, Tunisia has been hit, Ankara has been hit before.

“International terrorism is once again showing its cruel and inhuman face today.”

Investigations are being conducted into the type of explosive which caused the blast and those responsible.

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