Istanbul blasts: Germans' bodies repatriated

2016-01-16 19:10
Men carry the coffin of one of the victims of the Istanbul blast to the city’s airport for repatriation. (Omer Kusku, AP)

Men carry the coffin of one of the victims of the Istanbul blast to the city’s airport for repatriation. (Omer Kusku, AP)

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Istanbul - A cortège carrying the coffins of 10 German tourists killed in a suicide bomb attack at Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, has left for the city's main airport to fly the bodies home.

Police on Saturday escorted the convoy of 10 funeral vehicles from a forensic medicine institute morgue to the Ataturk Airport, where a Germany military plane was on standby.

The suicide bomber set off the explosion near a group of German tourists on Tuesday, just steps away from the landmark Blue Mosque, killing 10 of them. Authorities said the victims ranged in age from 51 to 73.

Turkish officials say the bomber, a Syrian, was affiliated with the Islamic State group. No group has claimed the attack.

Turkish authorities have detained seven people in connection with the attack.

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