Two masked attackers shot and killed one individual throughout a church service on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkish officers stated. The motive was not instantly clear.
The assault came about at about 11:40 a.m. on the Santa Maria church, an Italian Catholic church within the Sariyer district of Istanbul, the inside minister, Ali Yerlikaya, wrote on the social media platform X. Mr. Yerlikaya gave solely the sufferer’s initials, C.T., and stated that an investigation into the taking pictures was underway and that the authorities have been in search of the assailants.
“Such provocations won’t ever be allowed in our nation,” Akif Cagatay Kilic, a high adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, wrote on X. “The perpetrators can be caught as quickly as doable and held accountable earlier than justice.”
The federal government-appointed governor of Istanbul, Davut Gul, stated in televised remarks on the scene that the sufferer was a 52-year-old Turkish citizen.
“Two masked assailants went in, shot at somebody and that individual was killed,” Mr. Gul stated.
Pope Francis expressed sympathy for the Santa Maria church neighborhood. And Italy’s international minister, Antonio Tajani, said his “sorrow and agency condemnation” of the killing in a post on X.
“We’ll by no means enable those that attempt to destroy our unity and peace by attacking the non secular locations of our metropolis,” Istanbul’s mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, wrote on X.
The authorities didn’t present additional particulars concerning the assault or about whether or not the assailants have been suspected of hyperlinks to any terrorist group.
The Islamic State has been linked to a number of assaults in Turkey in recent times, together with a bloodbath at a nightclub in Istanbul in 2017, when a lone gunman killed dozens of people during New Year’s celebrations.