Turkey: explosions at Istanbul football stadium cause multiple casualties

Turkish authorities have reported that a major soccer stadium in Istanbul was hit by at least two explosions on Saturday night, in which around 20 police were wounded.

Witnesses said more police were deployed and had cordoned off the area as smoke rose from the newly built Besiktas Stadium. They said gunfire had also been heard in what appeared to have been an armed attack on police. The private NTV channel said the target of the attack was a bus containing riot police.

Turkey’s interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, gave the casualty toll and said the wounded were police officers. “It is thought to be a car bomb at a point where our special forces police were located, right after the match at the exit where Bursaspor fans exited, after the fans had left,” he said.


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Praying for those injured in the explosions and their families.

Prayers offered for all involved…

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