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Investigations continue regarding the attack in Turkey

· Unanimous condemnation by the international community ·

Little more than 24 hours after the suicide attack which killed ten foreign tourists and injured 15 people in the historical centre of Istanbul, new details are emerging about the blast and the investigations under way. 

The international community unanimously condemned the act and emphasized the need for stronger counter-terrorism measures. According to the latest official reports, the explosion occurred near the obelisk of Theodosius in the Sultanahmet Square, located in the heart of the Turkish city. All of the deceased victims were foreigners. Turkish authorities have identified the attacher as Nabil Fadli, a native of Saudi Arabia. The attack has been condemned by the White House and by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who defined the attack as a “despicable crime”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that German nationals were among the victims. International terrorism, the Chancellor stated, “has shown its ugly face, we must ask decisively”. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls described the onslaught as a veritable “war”. Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic, sent a message to President Erdoğan.

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