Istanbul police says Syrian woman main suspect, detains 46 over bombing

Police and emergency service members work at the scene after an explosion on busy pedestrian Istiklal street in Istanbul, Turkey, November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

ANKARA, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Istanbul police said on Monday it had detained 46 people in relation to an attack at the heart of the city, including Syrian woman Ahlam Albashir who is suspected to have planted the bomb.

In an initial questioning, the woman said she was trained by Kurdish militants in Syria and entered Turkey through northwest Syria's Afrin region, the police said.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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