The first explosion was near Macka Park in Istanbul. The second explosion took place near Besiktas Vodafone Arena, less than a mile away, after a soccer match. It is believed that a suicide bomber targeted a riot police bus at the stadium, seriously injuring 20 officers.
“It is thought to be a car bomb at a point where our special forces police were located, right after the match at the exit where Bursaspor fans exited, after the fans had left,” said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. “We have no information on the number of dead. God willing we hope there won’t be any. The wounded are police.”
Turkey has been targeted by a string of terror attacks. In June, around 45 people were killed and hundreds wounded when three Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists carried out a gun and bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.
In March, three Israelis and an Iranian national were killed in a suicide attack in a central Istanbul shopping and tourism district. At least 36 people were wounded.
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Source: Israel in the News