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10 suspects charged over Istanbul attack

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Turkish police secure the area around the site of the attack in Istanbul. Photo: DPA.
09:12 CET+01:00
A Turkish court on Sunday charged ten people over the suicide bombing in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district that killed ten Germans, media reported.

The ten, who were charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation, were remanded in custody, the Dogan news agency said.

Six others who also appeared before the court in Istanbul were set to be released, Dogan added.

Authorities have said the attack was the work of a Syrian bomber from Isis.

Ten German tourists were killed and another 17 people wounded in the bombing in the historic centre of Istanbul near the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum.

The remains of the German victims arrived at Berlin's Tegel airport onboard a German army transport plane on Saturday.

Turkish authorities have identified the bomber as a 28-year-old Syrian who entered Turkey on January 5th posing as a refugee, with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu saying the man was a member of Isis.

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The suspects, whose nationalities were not disclosed, were also said to have links to the Isis group.

Ankara has often been criticized by its Western allies for not doing enough to combat Isis jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in neighbouring Syria as well as Iraq.

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