Loud explosion heard in Istanbul

2016-12-10 22:23
A view of the Besiktas soccer stadium following an attack in Istanbul. (AP)

A view of the Besiktas soccer stadium following an attack in Istanbul. (AP)

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Istanbul - The sound of an explosion was heard on the European side of Istanbul on Saturday, an AFP journalist reported. It was rumoured that at least 20 people had been injured.

The cause and the location of the blast were not immediately clear but CNN Turk television reported that it took place close to the stadium of Istanbul's Besiktas football club.

"I heard two explosions, two sounds and now sirens of ambulances rushing to the scene," said the journalist.

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.

In June, 47 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, with authorities pointing the finger at IS.

The country is also still reeling from a failed July 15 coup blamed on the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen that has been followed by a relentless purge of his alleged supporters from state institutions.

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