Two bomb blasts kill 29 people

Shocking reports are coming in that there have been two suspected terrorist explosions near a football stadium in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, which have killed 29 people.

Sunday, 11th December 2016, 7:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:36 pm

The blasts happened a couple of hours after a match between Besiktas and Bursaspor, at Besiktas’ home stadium on Saturday evening, December 10.

They included a car bombing and a suicide bombing believed to be aimed at police, officials have revealed.

A further 166 people have been reported as injured and ten people have been arrested.

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No group has yet claimed responsibility but experts believe previous bombings in Turkey this year have been carried out by Kurdish militants and so-called Islamic State.

Turkey has begun a day of national mourning.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “A terrorist attack has been carried out against our security forces and our citizens.

“It has been understood that the explosions after the Besiktas-Bursaspor football game aimed to maximise casualties. As a result of these attacks unfortunately we have martyrs and wounded.”

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the blast at the stadium is thought to have been a car bomb and the second blast at nearby Macka Park is believed to have been a suicide bomb.

Anyone from our region affected by the blast is urged to email [email protected] with their details.