Attack against the Italian church of Santa Maria in Istanbul: one dead

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By John

Two armed and masked men burst into the church Sunday mass in St. Mary’s Church in the Saryer neighborhood of Istanbul, killing one person. The attackers fled. The police have launched a manhunt. The local press writes it.

It’s a Turkish citizen – as far as we know – the man, identified as CT, killed this morning in an attack in an Italian church in Istanbul. According to some reconstructions, while mass was in progress the two armed men entered shooting into the air, but the man, who is believed to be a homeless man who often finds refuge in the church, stood up screaming at the two attackers who shot and killed him.