Turkey refused to accept condolences from the U.S. after the terrorist attack on Istiklal Street in Istanbul, the republic's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, RIA Novosti reported.
"We know where the attack was coordinated. We received the message given to us and we know what the message was. We do not accept the condolences of the American embassy. We are not treacherous to anyone, but we no longer have tolerance for these treacherous acts. Istiklal Street is our child. If we had not caught the attacker, he would have fled to Greece today," the minister was quoted as saying by CNN Turk.
White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre earlier said that the U.S. condemns the act of violence that occurred in Istanbul, as well as expresses condolences to the families of the victims.
The day before, there was an explosion on the pedestrian tourist street Istiklal in central Istanbul. According to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, six people died as a result. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay later reported 81 casualties.
Police detained 46 people in the terrorist attack case, including a woman suspected of carrying out the attack. The published video shows her sitting on a bench for about 40 minutes and then running away without looking back after the explosion, looking at her phone screen.
According to media reports, the detainee is a Syrian national who has confessed to links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party.