Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2024

Istanbul stabbing: 11 victims stabbed after cloaked knifeman launches frenzied attack | World | News


At least eleven people, including a young girl, have been rushed to hospital after a man went on a stabbing spree on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey.

Reports from the Turkish city say the perpetrator has been identified but his identity has not been made public.

The victims were taken to nearby Esenyurt Necmi Kadıoğlu State Hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

One of the victims, Mehmet Üstel, claimed the knifeman launched his frenzied attack on Monday morning and continued until at least noon, when he was targeted.

He said: “He started stabbing me in the morning, but he stabbed me at noon. The number of people he stabbed is not clear.”

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Üstel continued: “While I was walking, a person came across me. He took out the knife and the bread knife. It seemed like he was joking when he first saw it. He put it in my leg and walked away.

“I instantly fell to the ground. He didn’t say anything. It started at 09:30 in the morning, and he caught me at 13.30. He stabbed me. The number of people he stabbed is unknown.”

Local broadcaster Medyanin Elli Tonu said on X: “In Esenyurt, Istanbul, a person went from street to street and stabbed everyone he came across.

“While the 8 injured people were taken to the hospital, the police started an operation to catch the attacker.”

CCTV footage circulating on social media purportedly caught the moment the alleged knifeman walked into a building only to be pushed out within seconds as he held what appears to be a weapon in his hand.

 

Another man can be seen walking out of the show and chasing him down the road, seemingly pointing at him to warn others about the danger.

Hasan Karaca told the outlet her daughter Çiğdem was stabbed in the leg and saved by a shopkeeper who stepped in to stop the knifeman.

She said: “He stabs my child and tries to pull her bag. The shopkeepers there intervened and saved the child.

“He started stabbing in the morning. He may have gone to other hospitals. He didn’t say anything, he stabbed him directly. All cases have been like this. Currently, my daughter is injured in her left leg.”



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