11th German victim of Istanbul attack dies

A special forces guard stands at a memorial at the site of a suicide bombing blamed on the Islamic State (IS) group that killed 11 German tourists on January 12, 2016, in the city's tourist hub of Sultanahmet in Istanbul (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose) (AFP/File)

Berlin (AFP) - An 11th German victim has died of her injuries from a suicide bombing this month in the heart of Istanbul blamed on the Islamic State group, authorities in Berlin told AFP Thursday.

"I can confirm that a woman wounded in the Istanbul attack died Tuesday in a Berlin hospital," a police spokesman in the German capital said.

A total of 11 German tourists were killed and another 16 people wounded in the bombing in the historic centre of Istanbul near the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum.

Turkish authorities have identified the bomber as a 28-year-old Syrian who entered Turkey on January 5 posing as a refugee, with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu saying the man was a member of IS.

Although all the victims were German, officials in Berlin have said they do not believe that Germany was specifically targeted in the attack.

Turkish authorities have arrested 12 suspects, whose nationalities have not been disclosed.

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