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One suspect arrested in connection with Istanbul explosion

Turkish authorities say a suspect connected to the Sunday explosion at a busy area of central Istanbul that killed six people and wounded 81 others has been arrested.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the suspect had been arrested by police and accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for being responsible for the attack.

The PKK is a militant group that is advocating an independent Kurdish state within Turkey.

During a media briefing, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag maintained that a woman had sat on a bench in the area for more than 40 minutes and left some minutes before the blast occurred.

Earlier, the President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Vice, Fuat Oktay had condemned, saying the perpetrators will be punished.

In a swift response, Turkey Allies have condoled with the country and urged the world to stand against terrorism

The White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre said the US “stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our NATO Ally Turkey in countering terrorism.”

In a message, French President Emmanuel Macron said “We share your pain. We stand with you in the fight against terrorism”.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog tweeted “Shaken by news of the despicable bombing in Istanbul targeting innocent civilians”. “The whole world must stand united and firm against terror.”

Also, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted “The pain of the friendly Turkish people is our pain.”

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu