Turkey ID’s suicide bomber, reports allege ISIS link


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Yunus Emre Alagoz was one of the bomber, Turkish officials say

He is the brother of an ISIS-linked bomber who allegedly bombed another Turkish town in July, report say

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Turkish prosecutors have identified one of the suicide bombers behind the worst terror attack in that country’s recent history.

Yunus Emre Alagoz was one of the bombers, according to a statement published on the Ankara chief prosecutor’s office website Monday. He is deceased.

Alagoz was identified with the help of DNA testing, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told semi-official Anadolu news agency. The media report said that investigators are examining links between the Ankara bombings and a July 20 suicide bombing that killed dozens at a gathering in Turkey’s southern city of Suruc.

There are several reports in Turkish media, including CNN Turk, that have said Alagoz was the brother of Şeyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, the man who reportedly perpetrated Suruc attack.

Suruc is across the border from the Kurdish-Syrian town of Kobani where Islamic State terrorists have been fighting for control.

The Suruc suicide attack targeted activists working to rebuild Kobani after a months-long battle for control of the city between ISIS and Kurdish fighters.

ISIS has not claimed responsibility for the carnage in Ankara or Suruc.

Authorities continue to try to identify the second bomber who detonated before a lunchtime peace rally in the capital Ankara on October 10. The explosions killed at least 102 people and injured many others.

That second attacker, the prosecutor’s statement read, has been seen in photographs and traveled to Turkey from a country along the nation’s southern borders, which would indicate Syria or Iraq.

Davutoglu has said he feels ISIS is the chief suspect in the Ankara attack.

CNN’s Zeynep Bilginsoy reported from Turkey and Ashley Fantz wrote this story in Atlanta.