Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on today’s terrorist attack on Sultanahmet Square in the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district

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Series Details STATEMENT/16/49 (12.01.16)
Publication Date 12/01/2016
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An explosion believed to be caused by a suicide bombing rocked İstanbul's central Sultanahmet Square, a major tourist attraction, on the 12 January 2016, leaving 10 people dead and 15 wounded. Officials said most of those killed were German nationals.

Turkish officials suggested that the suicide bomber was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn issued a joint statement on 12 January 2016. The European Union expressed support with Turkey, saying it stood with Turkey in the fight 'against all forms of terrorism'.

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