One dead, 3 wounded in blast at Turkish radical magazine: report

The injured have been hospitalized but were not said to be in any immediate danger. (File Photo: AP)

One person was killed and three people were wounded Wednesday when a blast ripped through the offices of a magazine linked to a Turkish radical Islamist group in Istanbul, the Dogan news agency reported.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear but Dogan said that police suspected it was caused by a bomb after the possibility of a gas leak was ruled out.

The late evening blast happened on the third floor offices of the weekly “Adimlar” (Steps) which is closely linked to the Turkish Islamist group the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front (IBDA-C), according to Turkish media.

Dogan named the victim as one of the magazine’s writers, Unsal Zor. The injured have been hospitalized but were not said to be in any immediate danger.

Police have cordoned off the area in the Kagithane neighborhood of Istanbul's Sisli district, it added.

Listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union, IBDA-C has claimed attacks in the last decade but has kept a relatively low profile in recent years.

The group promotes the idea of re-establishing the medieval Islamic caliphate by bringing together the Sunni Muslim states of the Middle East.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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