Turkish artillery attacked Daesh positions in Syria and Iraq killing around 200 fighters within 48 hours following the Istanbul suicide bombing, Turkey’s prime minister has said.
“About 200 Daesh militants, those detected one-by-one, including so-called regional heads, were neutralized within the last 48 hours,” Ahmet Davutoglu said in Ankara on Thursday.
The Turkish premier said that after Daesh carried out the attack in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkish artillery fired more than 500 rounds at the terror group’s positions in Syria and Iraq.
A blast at Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district on Tuesday morning killed 10 people – mostly German tourists – and wounded 15 others.
A Syrian suicide bomber carried out the attack, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Tuesday, with the prime minister adding later that the attack had been carried out by Daesh.
Police have detained a total of seven suspects in connection with Tuesday’s suicide bombing, a Turkish minister added on Thursday.