President Katalin Novák has sent Hungary's sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the victims of an explosion in Istanbul, and to the Turkish nation. The blast, which occurred in a popular pedestrian street in Istanbul on Sunday afternoon, left six dead and 81 injured.
House Speaker László Kövér sent a telegram to Mustafa Sentop, Speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, expressing his condolences over the explosion. Kövér said in the telegram he was “shaken” to hear of the “outrageous terrorist attack which claimed the lives of many civilians”. Hungary condemns all forms of terrorism, the telegram said. “In the name of the Hungarian parliament, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims,” Kövér said. He wished those injured a speedy recovery. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the explosion a “nefarious attack”, speaking at a press conference. According to Turkish media reports, the bomb was planted by a young Syrian woman on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist organization.