Bloodbath in Istanbul: Terrorists kill at least 29 in machine gun and twin bomb attack on Turkish riot police outside major football match
A suspected car bomb has racked the streets near Istanbul’s Besiktas sports stadium, Turkish media and witnesses say. The sound of an explosion was heard on the European side of the city on Saturday. At least 166 people are believed to have been injured during the explosion, which took place close to the stadium of Istanbul’s Besiktas football club.
Twin blasts rocked Istanbul this evening, with a car bomb detonating at a football stadium as a suicide attacker struck at a nearby park, killing 29 people and injuring 166 more.
‘Two bombings may have taken place according to our understanding: one outside the stadium… the other at Macka Park,’ Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.
‘The explosion at Macka Park is believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber,’ he added.
The Turkish government imposed a media ban in the wake of the blasts, citing ‘national security’ concerns.
The car bomb rocked the streets near Istanbul’s Besiktas sports stadium late this evening, which lies on the European side of the city.