- Title: Amateur video shows the immediate aftermath of first Istanbul explosion
- Date: 10th December 2016
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (NIGHT SHOTS) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SCENE OF BLAST VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC AT SCENE VARIOUS OF FORENSICS AT SCENE BUSES AT BLAST SITE VEHICLES AT SCENE VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC AT SCENE
- Embargoed: 25th December 2016 22:05
- Keywords: Turkey explosion football stadium
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Reuters ID: LVA0035CAWSW7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:++ EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 ++
Two explosions, one thought to have been a suicide bomb, killed 13 people outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday (December 10), security sources said, in an attack that appeared to target police hours after a match between two of Turkey's top teams.
Amateur video showed smoke rising moments after the first explosion and the loud second blast that followed.
The blasts were outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul's Besiktas soccer team. Besiktas' television channel were broadcasting live from inside the stadium when the first explosion hit outside, causing the anchorman and guests to run from the studio.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu described the blasts as a "cruel plot". One of the explosions hit directly outside the stadium, while the suspected suicide bomber struck in the adjacent Macka park, he told reporters.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamic State, Kurdish and far-leftist militants have all carried out bomb attacks in recent years. The NATO member is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria, and is battling an insurgency by Kurdish militants in its southeast.
Three separate security sources said at least 13 people had been killed but there was no official confirmation of this. Soylu said he would make a statement on the death toll later.
He had earlier said that around 20 people were wounded and that initial indications were that a car bomb targeting a police bus was responsible for one of the blasts.
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