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Victim of Istanbul Attack Was a Muslim Who Often Went to Catholic Mass

Sercan Ozkurnazli
Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Tuncer Cihan, who was killed on an attack to a Catholic church, during his funeral ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Roman Catholic church in Istanbul during a Sunday Mass that killed one person.

There are about 25,000 Roman Catholics living in Turkey, including migrants from Africa and the Philippines, according to a 2022 report by the U.S. State Department.