Monday 5 December 2016

Syrians face court questioning in Turkey suicide bombing inquiry

Published 17/01/2016 | 12:36

Coffins with the remains of victims of Tuesday's explosion in Istanbul are laid out in a hangar of Berlin Tegel Airport (AP)
Coffins with the remains of victims of Tuesday's explosion in Istanbul are laid out in a hangar of Berlin Tegel Airport (AP)

Seventeen Syrians with suspected links to the suicide bomber who killed 10 Germans in Turkey are being questioned by officials at an court where they could face charges of membership in a terror group.

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The Anadolu Agency says the group were referred to court in Istanbul on Sunday following police questioning. It said separate proceedings against an 18th suspect - a minor - were still ongoing.

The suicide bomber set off an explosion on Tuesday near German tourists just steps away from Istanbul's landmark Blue Mosque, killing 10 of them.

Turkish officials say the bomber, a Syrian, was affiliated with the Islamic State group. No group has claimed the attack.

There was no information on the suspects or their alleged links to the bomber.

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