Father and daughter injured in suicide bomb attack in Istanbul

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
Turkey terror attack
Turkey terror attack

AN IRISH family of five were among the injured in a deadly suicide bomb attack that killed four in Istanbul yesterday.

Shocking video footage captured the moment the suicide bomber detonated the deadly bomb on the city’s tourist-filled Istiklal Street.

Five people, including the suicide bomber, were killed and 36 wounded in a suspected attack by Kurdish militants on the shopping and tourist district.

The dead includefd three Israels citizens Simha Simon Demri(60) Yonathan Suher(40) Avraham Goldman(70) and Iran national Ali Reza Razmkhah.

A two-year-old girl Asya Basaran – who was on a sighseeing tour with parents Turgut and Gulen – was seriously injured and remained in a critical condition last night.

The Irish ambassador to Turkey Brendan Ward confirmed an Irish-Algerian family were injured in the bombing - two parents and three children.

“The parents were slightly injured – they suffered some cuts and bruises and were taken to hospital,” he said.

“They were in Istanbul on a short holiday visit. They are expected to be discharged soon and are due to leave Istanbul tonight on an eight o’clock flight.

The injured family were yesterday being treated at Okmeydani EAH hospital, 5km north of the blast site.

Turkey’s health minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu confirmed 36 people had been wounded and said seven were in serious condition.

We as a nation are unfortunately now face to face with a situation of unlimited, immeasurable acts that are inhumane, defy human values and are treacherous,” Mr Muezzinoglu said.

Wexford woman Donna Hassett – who is living in Istanbul – posted on Facebook to reassure loved ones that she was okay highlighting the terror in the city in the bombings aftermath.

“I am okay,” she wrote. “I heeded warnings and stayed home.

“Bomb exploding on the street I walk on almost every weekend is more than a little scary and upsetting.”

Images capturing the moment the bomb exploded clearly show one man being virtually obliterated in the blast.

In a statement Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD confirmed that “a number of Irish citizens are among the injured” at the bombing in central Istanbul.