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Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu : ” Turkey resolves to not step back from anti-terror fight”

By Tajuddin
Jan 12th, 2016
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Ankara, Turkey ( Anadolu Agency + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The suicide bomb attack in Istanbul Tuesday morning that killed 10 people, including several Germans will not deter Turkish security forces from pursuing their ongoing counter-terrorism efforts, Turkish premier has said.

Addressing a press conference Tuesday afternoon in the capital Ankara following a deadly explosion that rocked Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said: “We will continue our fight against terrorism with the same resolve, and will never take a step back”.

Davutoglu said the suicide bomber was a “foreign national Daesh member”, while the victims in the attack included foreigners.

Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters that 11 people, including the bomber were killed and 15 others injured in the blast. “Two of those injured in the attack are in critical condition while three others had left the hospital,” Kurtulmus said.

According to the Turkish premier, a Turkish citizen is among those injured.

Kurtulmus also revealed earlier the bomber was born in Syria in 1988, and recently entered Turkey illegally from Syria, adding that the authorities were trying to “determine the identities” of those killed.

Meanwhile at the press conference, Davutoglu called on the world and Turkish political parties to take a joint stance against all terrorist groups, regardless of any ethnic, religious or sectarian differences.

“Let’s raise our voices to say out loud that all terrorist organizations and terror [group] members are enemies of humanity,” he said.

“While protecting the innocent, we are determined to pursue our active fight against terrorists,” he added.

Davutoglu calls Merkel after Istanbul bomb attack

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a telephone call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the aftermath of the Istanbul bomb attack Tuesday that killed 10 people, including several Germans.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Davutoglu “expressed that terrorism targets all countries, emphasized our determination about the fight against international terrorist organizations and underlined that all medical interventions for the wounded German citizens are being made”.

He also added that “the investigation is being meticulously carried out and all necessary information will be shared with German officials”.

Most of the victims in the attack that left at least 15 others wounded are believed to be from Germany.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the Istanbul attack and expressed her condolences to the victims’ families.

In remarks made during a joint press conference with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal in Berlin, Merkel called on the international community to stay resolute in the fight against terrorism.

“International terrorism has once again showed itself, with its horrible and inhuman face,” she said.

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