2015 Istanbul suicide bombing

2015 Istanbul suicide bombing
Location Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul
Date 6 January 2015
Target Police station
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Deaths 2 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Diana Ramazova

On 6 January 2015, Diana Ramazova from Dagestan detonated a bomb vest at a police station in Istanbul's central Sultanahmet district, near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The attack killed Ramazova and injured two police officers, one of whom later succumbed to his wounds.[1][2] Ramazova was the pregnant widow of a Norwegian-Chechen ISIS fighter in Syria who had been killed in December 2014.


Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said the woman, who reportedly spoke English with "a thick accent" and was dressed in a niqab, entered the police station and told officers she had lost her wallet before detonating the bomb.[1] Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told reporters that the bomber was carrying two other devices, which were safely defused by officers on the scene. Emergency services rushed to the blast site, while the tram line that runs through the district was temporarily suspended.[2] Besides the perpetrator only one other person died in the attack; a young police officer from Trabzon who just turned father.


Six people, including three foreigners, were detained over the attack.[3]

On January 7, the far-left armed group Revolutionary People's Liberation Party–Front (DHKP/C) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was meant "to punish (the) murderers of Berkin Elvan" and "to call to account the fascist state that protects AKP's corrupt, stealing ministers". Berkin Elvan was a 15-year-old boy who was killed by a tear-gas canister fired by a police officer during the 2013 Istanbul protests.[2] The bombing came five days after another member of DHKP/C attacked police on guard outside the Ottoman-era Dolmabahçe Palace, hurling two grenades that failed to explode. The building houses the Istanbul offices of the Turkish prime minister.

The group also claimed that the suicide bomber was Elif Sultan Kalsen. After being called to a criminal medical center to identify the body, Kalsen's family denied the claims, stating that it was not their daughter.[4]

On January 8, 2015, the perperator was identified as Diana Ramazova, a Chechen-Russian citizen from Dagestan.She had married Abu Aluevitsj Edelbijev, a Norwegian citizen of Chechen origin in 2014. They spent three months in Istanbul from May to July 2014, before entering Syria. In Syria Edelbijev fought for ISIS and was killed in December. Ramazova, who was pregnant at the time, irregularly reentered Turkey shortly after his death.[5][6][7][8]

See also


  1. 1 2 "BBC News - Turkey bombing: Female suicide attacker hits Istanbul police station". BBC News. January 6, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "Policeman killed in Istanbul suicide attack". Al Jazeera. January 6, 2015.
  3. "Turkey detains six over Istanbul suicide bombing". The Daily Star (Lebanon). 13 January 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  4. Butler, Desmond (7 January 2015). "Leftist Group Says It Carried out Istanbul Suicide Bombing". ABC News. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. Toygun Atilla (16 January 2015) Suicide bomber who attacked Istanbul police was married to Norwegian ISIL jihadist Hürriyet
  6. Letsch, Constanze (16 January 2015). "Pregnant Istanbul suicide bomber was Russian citizen". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  7. "Canlı bombanın El Kaide ve IŞİD bağlantısı araştırılıyor" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  8. Aydın, Çetin (8 January 2015). "Russian citizen revealed to be suicide bomber who attacked Istanbul police". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 8 January 2015.

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