ISIS terrorists who targeted church in Istanbul used Polish car 

A Polish ambassador and his children were also present during the deadly attack

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
Turkish Police forensic officers arrive at Santa Maria church in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The attackers who attacked a Catholic church in Istanbul on Sunday, in which one person died, used a car registered in Poland.

Two masked men struck the church at noon, killing one 52-year-old man attending mass. A recording of the event shows two men entering the church and firing a gun at the victim. They escaped from the church on foot. 

Present at the mass was the Polish consul general in Istanbul, Witold Leśniak, who was with his children. According to witnesses, the weapon used by the attackers jammed after the first shot. 

The two men responsible have now been detained. One is a citizen of Tajikistan and the other is Russian. They arrived at the scene of the attack in a car registered in the Polish city of Łódź, wrote Turkish journalist Çağatay Cebe on his X profile.

The car had been in Turkey for a year, but until the day of the attack, it had not been used on Turkish roads. 

Poland’s foreign ministry appealed to Polish travelers to stay informed of any travel warnings issued by the ministry and confirmed that no Polish citizens had been hurt in the incident in Istanbul. 

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