January 2016 Istanbul bombing

2016 Istanbul bombing
Sultanahmet Square (Hippodrome), Istanbul.jpg
LocationSultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Date12 January 2016
TargetForeign tourists
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Deaths14 (including the perpetrator)[1]
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorsIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Participant1 (Nabil Fadli)
Attack site is located in Istanbul
Attack site
Attack site
Attack site shown on a map of Istanbul.
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On 12 January 2016, a suicide attack in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district killed 13 people, all foreigners, and injured 14 others. The attack occurred at 10:20 local time, near the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, an area popular among tourists. The attacker was Nabil Fadli (Arabic: نبيل فضلي‎), a Syrian member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


The last major attack on Sultanahmet Square occurred on 6 January 2015, when a suicide bomber detonated herself at a police station. The DHKP-C initially took responsibility for the attack but later retracted this claim.[2] It was later revealed that the suicide bomber was Diana Ramazanova (Russian: Диана Рамазова), a national of Dagestan origin with links to ISIL.[3]

In 2015, Turkey suffered two major bombing attacks. In July, 33 people were killed in an ISIL suicide attack in the town of Suruç, near Turkey's border with Syria. In October, two suicide bombers detonated explosives which killed more than 100 people outside Ankara's main train station as people gathered for a peace rally. It was Turkey's deadliest attack. The prosecutor's office said it was carried out by a local ISIL cell.[4]

In December 2015, Turkish police detained two suspected ISIL militants believed to be planning suicide attacks during New Year's celebrations in central Ankara, following which the government of Turkey cancelled planned New Year's celebrations in Ankara.[5] There were additional arrests connected to ISIL on 11 January of three men arrested en route to Diyarbakir.[6]

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