Ankara bombing: DNA tests reveal suicide bombers’ link to Isis

Yunus Emre Alagoz, who has been named as one of the perpetrators of the attack on a peace rally last Saturday, is the older brother of Sheikh Abdurrahman Alagoz, who killed 33 people in July in Suruc

DNA tests have identified one of the bombers who killed 99 people at a peace rally in Turkey as the brother of a suspected Isis suicide bomber.

Yunus Emre Alagoz was named as one of the bombers at the rally in Ankara on Saturday. He is the older brother of Sheikh Abdurrahman Alagoz, who killed 33 people in July in Suruc.

The second Ankara bomber was identified by police as Omer Deniz Dundar, according to Turkish media reports. He and Alagoz were identified through DNA tests on their remains.

Both are understood to have been on a list of 21 suspects believed by the Turkish intelligence service to be likely suicide bombers.

Their identities have yet to be publicly confirmed by the authorities, who will face questions about what they knew about the suspects and why they were unable to prevent them travelling to the rally. The older Alagoz had vanished from his home at about the time his brother attacked Suruc.

Both killers were said to have been from an Isis cell in the south-eastern city of Adiyaman. Dundar’s father told Turkish media that he had repeatedly raised concerns with police about his son’s radicalisation. He said his son left for Syria in 2013 to join an Islamist unit.

 

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