Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu rejected the United States' sympathy for the terrorist attack in Istanbul, hinting that Ankara sees it as the fault of the United States.
His words are quoted by CNN Turk.
"We do not accept condolences from the US embassy," said Suleiman Soylu.
"We know how it was coordinated. We know what signal was sent to us. And we will send a very strong signal in return," the minister said.
Speaking to the media, he also stated that the terrorist attack in Istanbul was carried out on behalf of the headquarters of the Kurdish organization YPG, located in the Syrian region of Kobani, and the perpetrator was sent to Turkey via the Syrian Afrin. According to him, law enforcement officers have already conducted operations at 21 addresses and detained 46 people.
"Those involved in the terrorist attack could have already fled to Greece today, but they were promptly caught," Anadolu news agency quoted the minister as saying.
Soylu also said that the organizers were allegedly preparing to kill the perpetrator of the terrorist attack - "to throw her out of the window or into the canal" so that the police would not expose the entire network.
It will be recalled that the explosion in Istanbul took place on the popular pedestrian street Istiklal in the afternoon on Sunday, November 13. The site of the explosion is a six-minute walk from the central Taksim Square.
According to the latest data, as a result of the explosion, 6 people were killed and another 81 were injured, of the last 39 people have already been discharged from hospitals after providing assistance. Five of those hospitalized are in intensive care.