- Title: Suspected car bomb wounds around 20 outside Istanbul football stadium
- Date: 10th December 2016
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (DECEMBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) AMBULANCE DRIVING FAST ALONG STREET WITH SIREN BLARING EMERGENCY VEHICLE WITH FLASHING LIGHTS BY FOOTBALL STADIUM / MORE AMBULANCES DRIVE AROUND STADIUM WITH SIRENS BLARING VARIOUS POLICE STANDING ON STREET VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES DRIVING BY SIRENS BLARING POLICE DIRECTING AMBULANCE AMBULANCE DRIVING AWAY VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES DRIVING POLICE STANDING ON STREET / PEOPLE RUNNING POLICE OFFICER HOLDING GUN POLICE AND AMBULANCE VEHICLES DRIVING NEAR STADIUM FIRE TRUCK GROUP OF POLICE STANDING ON STREET AS AMBULANCE DRIVES BY
- Embargoed: 25th December 2016 20:25
- Keywords: football stadium blast Istanbul riot police explosion car bomb
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Reuters ID: LVA0015CAWK7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A suspected car bomb outside a soccer stadium in central Istanbul wounded around 20 people on Saturday (December 10) hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.
Soylu, speaking in parliament during a budget hearing, said around 20 people had been wounded following the match between Besiktas and Bursaspor and that initial indications were that the blast was caused by a car bomb targeting a riot police bus.
Two witnesses told Reuters that there were two blasts. A Reuters photographer said many riot police officers had been seriously wounded.
Armed police sealed off streets around the Vodafone Arena, home to the Besiktas soccer team. TV footage showed what appeared to be the wreckage of a burned out car and two separate fires on the road outside the stadium.
Broadcaster NTV said the explosion targeted a police vehicle that was leaving the stadium after fans had already dispersed.
Turkey has been hit by a series of bombings in recent years, some blamed on Islamic State militants, others claimed by Kurdish and far-leftist militant groups.
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