The White House says two Americans were among those killed in a suicide attack in Istanbul. Their identities were not released, but an Israeli diplomat in Istanbul says they held dual Israeli citizenship. Israeli media named one of the victims as 60-year-old Simha Dimri, a mother of four. Her husband was wounded in the attack, according to reports. Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council, in a statement Saturday condemned the 'heinous attack' and said the U.S. remains steadfast in support of Turkey, its NATO ally. He says the U.S. remains in close touch with Turkish authorities. He offered thoughts and prayers to the families of those who were killed or wounded.
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