INVESTIGATION The November 13 attack was attributed by Turkish authorities to Kurdish PKK fighters and their allies in Syria
Police officers in Istanbul, just after the attack. #039;explosion of November 13th. — Emrah Gurel/AP/SIPA
Five suspects have been charged in Bulgaria after the bombing on November 13 at; Istanbul, attributed to by the authorities to the Kurdish fighters of the PKK and to their allies in Syria, announced the Bulgarian prosecutor's office on Saturday.
“Five people were arrested. charged with aiding” one of the alleged perpetrators of the bombing; run away, said to AFP Siyka Mileva, spokesperson for the Prosecutor General of Sofia. Their role has been “logistics,” she said, adding that the prosecution had requested detention for four of them. According to local TV channels, three are from Moldova and one from an Arab country, which is not specified.
Six people were killed and 81 others injured in the explosion which occurred last Sunday in the middle of the afternoon on a pedestrian artery, in the heart of Istanbul. The attack was not claimed at this stage.
PKK denies involvement
Seventeen people were arrested in Turkey, including a 23-year-old young woman accused of having the bomb on a bench on Istiklal Avenue. Arrested in an apartment in the suburbs of Istanbul, Alham Albashir, presented as being of nationality Syrian, entered Turkey illegally from northeast Syria, according to the authorities. She admitted the facts while in custody. sight, they claimed.
According to the state-run Anadolu News Agency, citing the police report, she said; to have been for the first time in contact with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in 2017, through her ex-boyfriend, and would have kept a link with the organization after their breakup.
The PKK and the YPG (People's Protection Units), a Kurdish militia active in Syria and accused by Turkey of being affiliated with the PKK, denied any involvement in the attack.