Istanbul bomber believed to have Kurdish links but Islamic State ties possible -senior official

View of ambulances at the scene after an explosion on busy pedestrian Istiklal street in Istanbul, Turkey, November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

ANKARA, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities believe the person who carried out a bomb attack in Istanbul on Sunday is linked to Kurdish militants but they are not ruling out Islamic State ties, a senior Turkish official said.

The official told Reuters that initial findings pointed to the person having connections to the Kurdish militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is deemed a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Mark Heinrich

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