Turkey’s Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu, said that the police of this country have arrested 22 people suspected of Sunday’s attack in Istanbul.
Among those arrested, Soylu said that he is also the person who planted the bomb.
He did not give more details about them, but blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party – a militant group – for the attack.
At least six people were killed and 81 injured in the explosion in a busy area of Istanbul.
According to the authorities, the explosion happened on Sunday afternoon in Taksim Square.
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said the incident was believed to be a terrorist attack carried out by a woman.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the perpetrators will be punished.
Speaking at a press conference in Istanbul, he condemned what he called the “vile attack” and added that the “smell of terror” is in the air.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which the Turkish interior minister accused, is a militant group that calls for an independent Kurdish state within Turkey.
The EU and the US consider it a terrorist organization.
Turkey’s Minister of Family and Social Services, Derya Yanik, tweeted that a ministry employee and his daughter were among the victims.
The attack was condemned by representatives of several countries of the world.
According to a statement from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the United States stands “side by side” with its NATO ally in the “war on terrorism.”
“We share your pain… We are with you in the fight against terrorism,” French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.
Countries including Ukraine, Pakistan, Italy and Greece also expressed their solidarity.