Turkish authorities have detained two main suspects linked to the recent attack on a Catholic church in Istanbul. The assault, which took place on Sunday, tragically resulted in the death of one person.
According to Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikay, both suspects are foreigners. One holds Tajikistani citizenship, while the other is a Russian national. Authorities suspect that both individuals have ties to the Islamic State (ISIS).
During the operations, a total of 47 people were detained in connection with the incident. The targeted location was the Church of St. Mary in the Sariyer region, where two masked gunmen entered during a prayer session, opening fire.
The armed attack at the church has been strongly condemned by Turkish authorities. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressing his dismay immediately after the incident, voiced hope for the swift apprehension of the suspects.
Investigations are ongoing to uncover further details about the motives and background of the attackers.