- Title: Hundreds march to soccer stadium to condemn Istanbul bombings
- Date: 11th December 2016
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING TURKISH FLAGS MARCHING TO BESIKTAS VODAFONE ARENA VARIOUS OF MEN MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, TUGBA TAKA, SAYING: "This cannot be explained by one's conscience or by basic human values. Nobody has the right to kill another person. Whatever the reason is. We condemn terrorism. We know that two-faced countries and two-faced people are behind this. We will continue to stand in solidarity. There is nothing else to do." (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, ISMET ARAL, SAYING: "They (Western countries) could not destroy this country when Turkey was the weakest. Today Turkey is more powerful. They will never manage to destroy this country. They are wasting our time and they know this very well." MEN MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) MEMBER OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MUHAMMED YENER, SAYING: "I condemn this. Turkey must unite. We will beat terrorism." VARIOUS OF MEN MARCHING WOMAN MOURNING
- Embargoed: 26th December 2016 12:46
- Keywords: Turkey explosions car bomb suicide bombings casualties march
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Reuters ID: LVA0015CFV70N
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- Story Text: Hundreds of people joined a commemoration march to a football stadium in Istanbul on Sunday (December 11) that had been targeted with suicide bombs that killed 38 and wounded 155 others.
The blasts late on Saturday (December 10) - a car bomb outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul's Besiktas soccer team, followed by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park less than a minute later - shook a nation still trying to recover from a series of deadly bombings this year in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara.
There was no claim of responsibility, but Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and other officials said early indications pointed to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a three-decade insurgency, mainly in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast. Thirteen people have been detained.
Security remained tight in Istanbul, with police helicopters buzzing overhead in the Besiktas district near the stadium.
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