Sunday, December 11, 2016

Besiktas stadium: At least 29 killed and more than 160 others wounded

Two explosions have hit the Turkish city of Istanbul, killing at least 29 people, mostly police personnel, and wounding more than 160 others, according to authorities.

Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, quoted security sources as saying that they have detained 10 people in connection with the bombings.

Most of those killed were police but two civilians are also amongst the dead, she said.

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  1. Two explosions hit central Istanbul on Saturday night, killing 27 police officers and two civilians and injuring 166 others, government officials said.

    Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said at a press conference in Istanbul that a moving car was detonated targeting riot police on duty near a stadium in the district of Besiktas, where a football match ended about one and half an hour before.

    Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the blast happened soon after the fans left the stadium.

    Forty-five seconds later, a man blew himself up in Macka Park just across the stadium, Soylu said, noting that about 10 suspects have been detained.

    The explosions were so powerful that they could be heard on both sides of the Bosphorus, a strait that divides the metropolis into two parts, press reports said......[Xinhua/china]


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