- Title: Galataray fans not concered over security after Besiktas blast
- Date: 11th December 2016
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GALATASARAY SK STADIUM VARIOUS OF SECURITY OFFICIALS SEARCHING GALATASARAY SUPPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GALATASARAY SUPPORTERS, YASIN KOKSAL, SAYING: "We won't allow terrorism. They can't divide us, they can't achieve that. That's why I am here. I don't have any fear. If we die, we'll die for our nation." VARIOUS OF SECURITY OFFICIALS SEARCHING CARS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GALATASARAY SUPPORTER, FATIH YAZIBAGLI, SAYING: "Even we have security concerns, we should unify as a nation. We would have come here to unify. In the end we are sport lovers." GALATASARAY SUPPORTERS ENTERING STADIUM COMPOUND AFTER SECURITY CONTROL (SOUNDBITE) (SAYING) GALATASARAY SUPPORTER, YIGIT BAYRAKTAR, SAYING: "We are upset due to what happened yesterday. As nation and a supporter, we need to overcome this. I don't think we have concerns (about security). I think state already took necessary conditions." SECURITY OFFICIALS
- Embargoed: 26th December 2016 16:18
- Keywords: Turkey soccer Galatasaray Gaziantepspor
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Reuters ID: LVA0015CFVUPZ
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- Story Text: Supporters of the Turkish soccer team Galatasaray said they are not concerned over security measures a day after a twin bombing in Istanbul killed more than 30 people on Sunday (December 11).
Saturday's (December 10) attacks took place near the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul's Besiktas soccer team, about two hours after a match at the stadium and appeared to target police officers. The first was a car bomb outside the stadium, followed within a minute by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park.
A day after the bomb attack, Galatasaray fans showed high interest in the game and some said security measures taken outside the stadium were sufficient enough to make supporters safe.
"We are upset due to what happened yesterday. As nation and a supporter, we need to overcome this. I don't think we have concerns (about security). I think the state already took necessary conditions," said fan, Yigit Bayraktar.
TAK, which has claimed responsibility for an Ankara bombing that killed 37, is an offshoot of the PKK, which has carried out a violent, three-decade insurgency, mainly in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast.
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