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Three jailed for life over Turkey attack which killed 12 German tourists

The suicide bomber, a Syrian identified as Nabil Fadli, set off the bomb near a group of holidaymakers close to Istanbul’s landmark Blue Mosque.

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Turkish police officers guard a court in Istanbul where three people were jailed for life over a suicide bombing in the city (AP)

Turkish police officers guard a court in Istanbul where three people were jailed for life over a suicide bombing in the city (AP)

Turkish police officers guard a court in Istanbul where three people were jailed for life over a suicide bombing in the city (AP)

Three people have been jailed for life for their involvement in an Islamic State suicide bombing in 2016 at Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district which killed 12 German tourists.

Hasan al Mayyuf, Fevzi Muhammed Ali and Halil Dervis were given life terms at a court in Istanbul for breaching the Turkish constitution and an additional 329 years each for killing 12 people and attempting to murder 16 others in the blast.

A fourth defendant was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for membership of an armed group, while 18 other people were acquitted, according to reports. No ruling was issued for four other defendants who are on the run.

Turkish authorities said the suicide bomber, a Syrian identified as Nabil Fadli, was affiliated with IS. He set off the bomb near a group of German tourists close to the landmark Blue Mosque.

The attack was one of several to rock Turkey since 2015. The list of wounded included nine Germans and citizens of Norway, Peru and South Korea.

PA