- Title: Erdogan attends funeral of police killed in Istanbul blasts
- Date: 11th December 2016
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PEOPLE GATHERED AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS FOR FUNERAL POLICE OFFICERS RELIGIOUS AUTHORITIES VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS CARRYING COFFIN INTERIOR MINISTER, SULEYMAN SOYLU, AT PODIUM MAKING STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) INTERIOR MINISTER, SULEYMAN SOYLU, SAYING: "According to the latest information we have received 38 of our nation's children have reached martyrdom after last night's cruel attack. Seven are civilians and one we could not identify yet." RELATIVES OF POLICE OFFICERS KILLED (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) INTERIOR MINISTER, SULEYMAN SOYLU, SAYING: "Fourteen of the wounded are intensive care. Five of them are undergoing surgery. 155 wounded are being treated in hospitals. We pray for their health. 10 people were initially detained regarding this incident. Three others are detained later. Thirteen people are under detention in connection with the incident."
- Embargoed: 26th December 2016 10:20
- Keywords: Turkey explosions car bomb suicide bombings casualties death toll interior minister Suleyman Soylu
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
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- Story Text: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (December 11) attended funerals for police killed in two blasts in Istanbul the evening before.
Turkey's interior minister Suleyman Soylu said the attacks death toll had risen to 38, including 30 police officers, seven civilians and one person yet to be identified.
He said 115 had been wounded, adding that 13 people had been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart on Saturday (December 10) night, in a coordinated attack on police shortly after a soccer match between two of Turkey's top teams.
There was no claim of responsibility, but Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus 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.
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