Istanbul bomber entered Turkey as refugee from Syria, PM says




 
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January 13th, 2016  
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Topic: Istanbul bomber entered Turkey as refugee from Syria, PM says


By Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An Islamic State suicide bomber who killed 10 German tourists in the heart of Istanbul's historic district entered Turkey as a refugee from Syria and went undetected as he was not on any watch lists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday. The bomber, who blew himself up among groups of tourists on Tuesday near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, the top sites in one of the world's most visited cities, had registered with immigration authorities in the city a week ago. Turkey has kept an open border to refugees from Syria's civil war and is now home to more than 2.2 million, the world's largest refugee population.




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