Ahlam Albashır, the perpetrator of the Istanbul explosion on 13 November, admitted that she entered Turkey from the Syrian city of Idlib, not from Afrin, reported Mezopotamya News Agency.
All suspects of the Istanbul explosion were tried on 17 November by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor.
Ahlam Albashır admitted that she entered Turkey from Idlib, contradictory to allegations made by Turkish officials that claimed the attacker came to Turkey from Afrin.
“We have an assessment that the order for the action came from Kobani. We have an assessment that the perpetrator passed through Afrin,” said the Turkish Interior Minister, on 14 November, and pointed to links with Kurdish forces in north and east Syria.
Regarding the attack, Soylu added that, “whoever is feeding the PYD [Democratic Union Party in north Syria] and whoever is trying to provide internal intelligence to the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party], is the perpetrator.”
Nevertheless, the day after the blast, on 14 November, the headquarters of the People’s Defence Centre (HSM) of PKK and Mazloum Abdi, Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and other accused Kurdish organisations rejected allegations made by the Turkish state that blamed Kurdish forces for the fatal blast.