Jan 30 2018

Turkish court releases 2015 Ankara bombing suspect

A Turkish court has released a suspect accused of aiding the Islamic State’s Oct. 10, 2015 twin suicide attacks in Turkey's capital of Ankara, left-wing newspaper Evrensel reported.

Killing 109 and injuring more than 500 people, the attack was the deadliest bombing in Turkish history, targeting opposition political parties and civil society organisations three weeks before the November 2015 general elections.

Gamze Demir, the released suspect, is the sister of Yunus Durmaz, who the prosecutors said was the mastermind of Islamic State’s bombing attacks in Turkey.

Demir was detained in August 2016 in a police raid at her home with her husband and another suicide attacker, Evrensel said.

During the search in their house, police found a suicide vest, 20kg of TNT explosives, bomb-making equipment, grenades and weapons.

In her defence statement, Demir said she did not know the contents of the boxes left by her brother in the house, the newspaper said.

The court released her on bail in July 2017, Evrensel reported, considering the evidence collected against Demir, the length of her remand, and that she has a baby.

The eighth hearing of the trial against the suspects will be heard on Jan. 31, 2018 in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.