German interior minister heads to Istanbul after attack
BERLIN, Germany – German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere will fly to Istanbul on Wednesday, January 13, following a suicide bomb attack there that killed 10 tourists, most of them Germans, his ministry said.
De Maiziere will visit the site of the attack and then confer with Turkish officials, which will be followed by a press conference, a ministry spokesman said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at least 8 Germans were among the dead in Tuesday's (January 12) attack and Berlin warned its nationals to keep away from public places and tourist attractions.
Nine Germans were among the 15 injured.
The assault took place near the famous Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet, a district home to Istanbul's biggest concentration of historic monuments.
It is the first time that any recent attack in Turkey had specifically targeted tourists.
The Turkish government has blamed it on Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists, who are also suspected of carrying out a double suicide bombing in October in Ankara, the Turkish capital, that killed more than 100 people. – Rappler.com