Istanbul: At least 38 people have been killed in two blasts in Istanbul, the largest city of Turkey, the blasts occurred near a football stadium, almost 166 people have been injured, almost 30 of the killed people were police officers.
Binali Yildirim, the prime minister of Turkey has announced that three days of mourning will be observed and the flags will be blown at half mast in honor of the victims.
The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cancelled his visit to Kazakhstan according to his office, he released a statement that said, “Nobody should doubt that with God’s will, we as a country and a nation will overcome terror, terrorist organisations … and the forces behind them.”
According to the police one of the explosion was a suicide bomb while the other was a car bomb, the explosions occurred a few hours after the football match at the Besiktas’ home Stadium with Bursaspor and Besiktas, nearly ten suspects have been taken into custody uptil now.
The Turkish government has said that the target of the bombs was police authorities and the evidence gathered so far suggests that Kurdish militants are behind these attacks.
Turkey has been hit by a wave of terrorist attacks this year by the Kurdish militants of the PKK and the so-called Islamic State, however none of these groups have yet claimed the responsibility of the attacks.
List of attacks in Turkey in 2016
February 17: An attack on a military convoy killed 28 people in Ankara
March 13: Kurdish militants kill 37 people in Ankara in a car suicide bomb attack
June 29: 41 people killed in an attack on Ataturk airport in Istanbul, the attack was blamed on IS.
July 30: Turkish army killed 35 Kurdish fighters who attempted to attack a military base.
August 20: A wedding party was hit with a bomb attack killing at least 30 people in Gaziantep.
Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy prime minister of Turkey told CNN Turk, “The arrows point at the PKK. It is clearly a planned event. There will be an announcement once the investigations are over. We cannot say anything definite for now.”