A couple strolling on Istiklal Avenue among the victims of the Istanbul terrorist attack


A couple who were killed in Sunday’s deadly terror attack in Istanbul were walking down crowded Istiklal Avenue when a bomb exploded in the iconic part of the city, a family member told the agency. Anadolu.

Mustafa Topkara said his son Adem Topkara, 40, and daughter-in-law Mukaddes Elif Topkara, 37, were among the victims of the terror attack when they went for a walk after leaving their children, Yagiz, 7 months, and two- Eliz, 1.5 years old, with their aunt, who runs a shop there.

“His aunt has a shop in Taksim. Then they wanted to go out for a walk. They left the children with their aunt and went out,” Topkara said outside the family home in Istanbul’s Sariyer neighborhood on the European side, where the couple also lived and where a Turkish flag was hung in their memory.

“(This is) where words fail. We trust the state,” he added.

Six people, including a 9-year-old child, were killed in Sunday’s attack.

The Turkish government said Sunday’s attack on crowded Istiklal Avenue was carried out by the PKK/YPG terrorist organization.

Turkish police arrested the perpetrator of the attack, Ahlam Albashir, a Syrian woman who planted the explosives, in a pre-dawn raid, while dozens of other suspects were arrested.

Police said Albashir confessed that she was trained by the YPG/PKK terror group as an intelligence agent and entered Turkey illegally from Afrin, Syria.

During its more than 35-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG are the Syrian branch of the terrorist group.

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