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Turkey: One killed in church shooting in Istanbul claimed by IS

One man was killed after gunmen opened fire inside a Catholic church in Istanbul during Sunday mass in what appeared to be a targeted attack.The shooting, condemned by Pope Francis and Turkish officials, was claimed by the so-called Islamic State group in a statement issued on its Telegram channels.Two masked men carried out the attack at around 11:40 am (0840 GMT) at the Santa Maria chrch in the Sariyer district, on the European side of Turkey's largest city, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said on social media.

Turkish officials said it looked like a targeted attack against one person rather than against the Catholic church.Turkish police detained the two suspects as they fled the scene.Local officials said around 40 people attended the mass including Poland's consul general in Istanbul Witold Lesniak and his family.In December last year, Turkish security forces detained 32 suspects over alleged links with the IS group who were planning attacks on churches and synagogues, as well as the Iraqi embassy.In its statement Sunday, the IS said the attack had been carried out in response to the group leader's call to kill Jews and Christians everywhere.


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