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The pair entered the Santa Maria Church within the Sariyer district whereas Sunday companies had been being held.

Two masked assailants attacked a Roman Catholic church in Istanbul throughout Sunday companies, killing one particular person, Turkish officers have introduced.

In line with a press release posted on X – previously Twitter – by Inside Minister Ali Yerlikaya, the armed assailants attacked the Santa Maria Church within the Sariyer district at 1140 am native time. He didn’t specify what sort of weapons had been used or whether or not anybody else was wounded.

Yerlikaya additionally condemned the assault and stated authorities are engaged on capturing the assailants and confirmed that an investigation has been opened.

Chatting with reporters, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu provided his condolences and assist for spiritual minorities within the metropolis, which like Turkey as a complete is primarily Muslim.

“There are not any minorities on this metropolis or this nation. We’re all precise residents,” he stated.

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In remarks to the general public in St. Peter’s Sq. on Sunday, Pope Francis famous the assault.

“I categorical my closeness to the neighborhood of (the church) in Istanbul, which through the Mass suffered an armed assault with one lifeless and a few wounded,” the pontiff stated.

The church is run by an Italian order of Franciscan friars. Italy’s overseas minister, Antonio Tajani, stated his ministry was following the state of affairs together with the Italian embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul.

“I categorical my condolences and agency condemnation for the vile assault on Santa Maria Church,″ Tajani wrote on X.

“I’m sure that the Turkish authorities will arrest these accountable,” he added.

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