Istanbul, terror attack

Life sentence for 3 terrorists for the 2016 attack in Istanbul

12 people, half civilians, were killed in the car bomb attack that the PKK carried out in 2016 a few metres from the Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar against two police buses.

A Turkish court in the city of Istanbul sentenced three PKK terrorists to life in prison on Monday for car bomb attacks that killed 12 people in an attack in that city in 2016, half of them civilians.

The court sentenced each of the defendants -Eyüp Sever, Murat Bal and Gülşen Bahadır- to a dozen life terms without parole, each adding more than 1,000 years in prison, on the charge of the premeditated murder of 12 people as well as for “violating the constitution”.

In 2018, red alerts were issued to Interpol for the arrest of 12 suspected of involvement in the attack, including the leaders of the PKK terrorist group Murat Karayılan, Cemil Bayık and Duran Kalkan.

The car bomb attack on June 7, 2016, next to the Vezneciler metro station, a few meters from the tourist Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, was directed at two buses carrying riot police personnel, and killed 12 people and 42 others injured. Half of the victims were civilians.

The 2016 Istanbul attack was claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a name the PKK uses to claim its bloodiest attacks involving many civilian losses. That same year the TAK claimed responsibility for another attack in Ankara that killed 35 civilians, and one more in Bursa in which a suicide bomber left 13 wounded.