Defendant in Istanbul bombing trial asks to be set free

Turkish media say a suspect accused of organizing a suicide bomb attack that killed 12 Germans has requested his release from jail, arguing that he needs to take care of his children who he says are at risk of joining the Islamic State group.

The court adjourned the trial against 26 people accused of involvement in the 2016 attack at Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, a favorite spot for tourists, until Jan. 24.

The Dogan News Agency quoted Atala Al Hassan Al Mayyouf as requesting his release during Monday's hearing. He faces a life term in prison.

The suicide bomber, a Syrian identified as Nabil Fadli, was believed to be affiliated with IS.  

The deadly attack, one of several to rock Turkey since 2015, also wounded 15 people.