News

10 killed, others injured in Istanbul terrorism attack

AT LEAST 10 people are reported to have been killed in suspected suicide bombing in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul. 

Germany's foreign minister said that eight Germans were killed in today's attack and nine others wounded, correcting an earlier claim made by a senior Turkish official that nine Germans had died.

Angela Merkel has expressed her sympathies for the victims of the Istanbul bombing and their families, and promised Germany would continue to fight against terror, the Associated Press reports.

"Today Istanbul was the target, before Paris, Copenhagen, Tunis, and so many other areas," she told reporters in Berlin.

"International terror changes the places of its attacks but its goal is always the same - it is our free life in free society. The terrorists are the enemies of all free people, indeed, the enemies of all humanity, whether in Syria or Turkey, in France or Germany."

She said she had spoken with both the Turkish prime minister and president who had informed her about the progress of the investigation, and called a special session of her Cabinet to discuss the attack.

Turkey is becoming a more dangerous place, but then so is the Middle East and North Africa and anywhere Isis can send its suicide squads.

The Turkish authorities say that the bomber who killed at least 10 people, mostly German tourists, near the obelisk of Theodosius, not far from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, was a 28-year-old Saudi making it likely though not certain that Isis ordered the attack.

The moment the bomb went off in Istanbul has been captured by a tourist in the area. 

Jostein Nielsen, a 59-year-old Salvation Army officer, told Norway's TV2 that he and his wife were sightseeing in the Turkish city when the bomb went off.

"I first heard a bang that I think is what detonated the bomb," Nielsen said. "After that came the real bang. I felt that my knee stopped working. There were human remains all over the place."

He was speaking from a hospital bed in Istanbul. His wife, Magna Vaaje Nielsen, was not injured.

"It was a great shock," she told TV2. "One does not think that such things will happen when you are sightseeing."

The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turkey is determined to battle Isis - which is being held responsible for the attack - until it no longer "remains a threat" to the country or the world.

Turkish authorities have said a 28-year-old Syrian national carried out the attack in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, a main tourist hub.

Turkey's deputy Prime Minister Nman Kurtulmus has said the bomber believed responsible for the attack was not on Turkey's list of suspected militants and may have entered the country recently.

2015 saw a number of cases of tourists being killed or injured while overseas. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued advice at the time detailing the countries which should be partially or entirely avoided.
 

Topics:  editors picks germany isis istanbul syria terrorism



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Euthanised pony confirmed to have had Hendra

The AVA has said a case at Kilkivan where the owner of a sick horse falsified horse health declaration documentation, underscored the need for vaccinating horses against Hendra virus.

Report also reveals owner of sick horse at Kilkivan falsified papers

4 Ingredients author to talk at Gympie Library

SHORT CUTS: 4 Ingredients author Michelle McCosker will share her secrets at Gympie Library on June 15.

Kim McCosker helps make meal time easier

'Black dog' police deaths spark call for memorial

Retired Sunshine Coast police officer Ian Browne supports a push to have officers who take their own lives included on state and national memorials.

'We should honour them': Push for memorials gains momentum

Local Partners

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

SUNSHINE Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice nearly saw her form a duo with her battle round opponent.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!