- Title: Turkey declares day of national mourning after blasts kill 38 in Istanbul
- Date: 11th December 2016
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF BESIKTAS' VODAFONE ARENA MULTI-PURPOSE STADIUM/TURKISH FLAG AT HALF-MAST VARIOUS OF TURKISH FLAGS FLYING OUTSIDE A BUILDING NEAR THE STADIUM/ BROKEN WINDOWS OF THE BUILDING POLICE CAR PARKED BEHIND POLICE TAPE WORKERS HANGING TURKISH FLAGS VARIOUS OF MUNICIPALITY TRUCKS CLEANING THE STREETS VARIOUS OF DOLMABAHCE MOSQUE VARIOUS OF BROKEN WINDOWS OF THE MOSQUE ANKARA, TURKEY (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FLAGS AT HALF-MAST OUTSIDE TURKISH PRIME MINISTRY OFFICE VARIOUS OF FLAGS AT HALF-MAST IN STREET
- Embargoed: 26th December 2016 08:26
- Keywords: Istanbul Ankara Turkey attack bombing blast stadium
- Location: ISTANBUL, ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Reuters ID: LVA0015CFU91J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkey said on Sunday (December 11) that Kurdish militants may be responsible for the two bombs that killed 38 people and wounded 155 in an apparent coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul after a match between two top teams.
The blasts on Saturday (December 10) night - 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 soccer-mad nation still trying to recover from a series of deadly bombing this year in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara.
Turkish flags flew at half-mast in both cities on Sunday, as the prime minister's office declared a national day of mourning.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that early indications pointed to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a three-decade armed insurgency, mainly in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast.
Turkey's interior minister said 13 people had been detained in relation to the attack.
He said 30 police officers were among the dead and 14 people were in intensive care.
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