Istanbul car bomb injures 20 police officers

2016-12-10 23:04


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Istanbul - About 20 police officers were injured in a car bomb explosion outside an Istanbul soccer stadium on Saturday in the latest attack to rock Turkey this year.

The car bomb blast struck the area outside Istanbul giant Besiktas team's stadium after a match against the Bursaspor club, targeting a bus packed with police officers, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

"A car packed with explosives is believed to have exploded where our riot squad was deployed shortly after the fans dispersed following the match," Soylu said.

An AFP correspondent in Istanbul heard the explosion followed by the sound of ambulance sirens rushing to the scene.

State broadcaster TRT World showed images of the wreckage of a car, engulfed in flames with emergency services swarming around the scene outside the stadium.

Other footage showed severely damaged police vehicles, while witnesses said the force of the blast had shattered the windows of several nearby homes.

Bursaspor soccer club said none of its fans had been injured, privately-owned NTV television reported.

Police cordoned off the area immediately after the blast, which occurred near Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's office in Istanbul.

Turkey has experienced a bloody year of militant attacks in its two biggest cities that have left dozens dead and put the country on high alert.

Kurdish militants have twice struck in Ankara, while suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers have hit Istanbul on three occasions.

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