WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN ISTANBUL
Fun fact: Turkish President Erdogan recently stated that he wanted to broaden the definition of "terrorist" to include journalists who write things he considers incitement. This is not a terrorLIST.
- •Might be a media blackoutVery brief statement from the Istanbul governor - no formal news out of Istanbul. Most of the news is coming from social media and/or friends-of-friends. This can be a good thing (not spreading misinformation, not creating panic) and a bad thing (see above fun fact).
- •There was another suicide bombing in January.Sultanhamet Square - a dozen German tourists killed. Suicide attacks in February and March killed 28 and 35 people, respectively, in Ankara.
- •Somebody knew something beforehand.Germany closed their embassy in Ankara and their consulate & school in Istanbul yesterday and they remained closed today because of a "terrorist threat."
- •11am - Istiklal StreetA suicide blast hit this popular shopping street, usually packed on the weekends.
- •UPDATE: Four confirmed dead, 36 woundedThis will probably rise. At least a dozen tourists wounded. ((All the formal reports include that three Israeli tourists were wounded, but this isn't immediately relevant / does not appear to be a targeted attack against Israeli tourists.))
- •The main suspectsBoth Daesh and the PKK have conducted suicide bombings in Turkey in recent months. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
- •WHAT WE DONT KNOWUnconfirmed reports of another bomber fleeing the scene.
- •Istanbul is on lockdown.Stay safe, y'all.
- •More updates as events warrant