Yes, even in Turkey locals are waking up to the fact that it’s easy for Jihadists to set up camp around them.
In Istanbul District, Horror but Scant Surprise at Links to Nightclub Shooter
In a working-class Istanbul neighborhood that Central Asian migrants have called home for decades, there is horror but scant surprise that a gunman who killed 39 people in a nightclub on New Year’s Day may have spent time in their community.
Just beyond the ancient walls on Istanbul’s historic peninsula, Zeytinburnu could not be farther removed from the upscale Ortakoy district on the shores of the Bosphorus where the gunman opened fire with an automatic rifle last Sunday.
Its bustling streets are full of Kazakh and Uzbek shops and restaurants, their signboards written in Uighur Arabic script.
Old men wearing fur-lined caps greet each other; women, some covered from head to toe, browse in shop windows.
Many Turks feel strong ethnic and cultural ties with the Turkic-speaking peoples of Central Asia, including western China and the nearby states of the ex-Soviet Union, and have welcomed migrants who live alongside them in areas like Zeytinburnu.
But some in the community say its fabric has changed with a new wave of immigration in recent years.
“Some of those who arrived have set up separate prayer rooms of their own instead of going to the official mosques … they teach them things we don’t know,” said Recep Sadettin Akyol, 37, chairman of the East Turkestan Migrants Association.