Two assailants launched an armed assault on an Italian church in Istanbul throughout a non secular ceremony on January 28, leaving one particular person useless, Turkiye’s Interior Minister mentioned.
The assault occurred at round 11.40 (03.10 p.m. IST) on the Santa Maria church within the Sariyer district of Istanbul and was carried out by two masked males, Ali Yerlikaya mentioned on social media.
He added that an investigation had been launched.
Television photographs confirmed police and an ambulance exterior the ornate church.
The Minister mentioned a person recognized solely as C.T. — who was amongst these attending Sunday’s service — had died after the armed assault.
“We strongly condemn this vile attack,” Mr. Yerlikaya mentioned.
The motive for the assault was not instantly clear.
In December, Turkish safety forces detained 32 suspects over alleged hyperlinks with Islamic State jihadists who had been planning assaults on church buildings and synagogues, in addition to the Iraqi embassy.
IS extremists have carried out a string of assaults on Turkish soil, together with in opposition to a nightclub in Istanbul in 2017 that left 39 individuals useless.