The Islamic State group has claimed accountability for an assault that killed one particular person throughout Sunday Mass at a Roman Catholic church in Istanbul.
The extremist group mentioned in a press release on Sunday evening that it “attacked a gathering of Christian unbelievers throughout their polytheistic ceremony” contained in the Santa Maria Church within the Buyukdere neighbourhood of Turkey’s largest metropolis.
Two males, one from Russia and one from Tajikistan who’re believed to be members of Islamic State, have been arrested, Turkey’s inside minister Ali Yerlikaya mentioned final evening.
The assertion claiming accountability for the attack was revealed on Aamaq, the media arm of the militant group, together with images of two masked males holding weapons that had been recognized because the attackers.
Islamic State mentioned the attackers wounded one other particular person however Turkish authorities mentioned nobody was injured aside from the one that was killed.
Mr Yerlikaya mentioned police raided 30 areas and detained suspects with alleged hyperlinks to the taking pictures.
“We are going to by no means tolerate those that attempt to disrupt the peace of our nation – terrorists, their collaborators, each nationwide and worldwide prison teams, and people who intention at our unity and solidarity,” he mentioned.
DHA, a non-public information company, mentioned 51 individuals had been detained in the course of the police raids, together with 23 who had been despatched to holding centres awaiting deportation.
Sukru Genc, mayor of Sariyer district the place the assault happened, instructed the newspaper Birgun that the gunmen fled when their weapon jammed after firing two rounds.
The 2 suspects drove a automobile introduced from Poland to Istanbul a 12 months in the past which had been by no means used till the day of the taking pictures, the DHA additionally reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan known as the church’s priest, the Reverend Anton Bulai, to supply his condolences.
Pope Francis additionally famous the assault in remarks at St Peter’s Sq. in Vatican Metropolis on Sunday.
Earlier this month, 25 suspected Islamic State members had been arrested throughout Turkey and accused of plotting assaults on church buildings and synagogues, in accordance with the state-run Anadolu information company.
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The Islamic State group has not beforehand focused locations of worship in Turkey, which is primarily Muslim.
However the extremist group has carried out a string of lethal assaults within the nation, together with a taking pictures at an Istanbul evening membership in 2017 that killed 39 individuals and a 2015 bomb assault in Ankara that killed 109.