Five to stand trial for aiding 2015 Istanbul attack

Attack in Sultanahmet saw Russian woman kill police officer in suicide mission

Five to stand trial for aiding 2015 Istanbul attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prosecutors have completed an investigation into a terrorist attack on a police station in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet tourist district last year that killed an officer.

Diana Ramazanova, 18, killed herself and police officer Kenan Kumas when she set off a grenade on Jan. 6, 2015. She wounded two other officers.

Prosecutor Murat Caglak is seeking jail terms of up to 18 years for five suspects who are alleged to have helped Ramazanova, a Russian national from Dagestan.

Ramazanova, reportedly the widow of a Norwegian jihadi, arrived in Turkey from Moscow on June 17, 2014. Telephone records showed she stayed with Abu Aluevitsj Edelbijev in Istanbul before travelling to Syria the following month.

She returned to Turkey illegally and planned the suicide attack after Edelbijev was killed in Syria.

According to the indictment, Ramazanova walked around Sultanahmet on the day of the attack before entering a police station near the famous square and detonating a grenade at 5.13 p.m. local time (1513GMT) after pretending to have lost her wallet.

She had also researched Shia mosques in the city.

The five male suspects - a mix of Turkish and foreign males - are accused of membership of a terrorist organization and people smuggling and will stand trial on April 14.

Sultanahmet, famous for tourist sites such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum, was targeted by a suicide bomber on Jan. 12 this year when 12 German tourists were killed.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Mart 2016, 13:12