Report: 17 Syrians May Face Charges Over Istanbul Bombing


Turkey’s state-run news agency says that 17 Syrian refugees with suspected links to the suicide bomber who killed 10 Germans last Tuesday, are being questioned by officials at an Istanbul court where they could face charges of membership in a terror group.

The Anadolu Agency says the 17 were referred to court Sunday following police questioning. It said separate proceedings against an 18th suspect – a minor – were still ongoing.

The suicide bomber set off an explosion Tuesday near German tourists, just steps away from Istanbul’s landmark Blue Mosque, killing 10 of them. Turkish officials say the bomber, also a Syrian, was affiliated with the Islamic State group. No group has claimed the attack.

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

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