- Title: Funeral services held for victims of Istanbul bombings
- Date: 12th December 2016
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (DECEMBER 12, 2016) (REUTERS) FUNERAL CEREMONY HELD FOR POLICE OFFICER MEHMET ZENGIN, KILLED IN ISTANBUL BOMBINGS MILITARY OFFICIALS AT FUNERAL VARIOUS OF FRIEND OF ZENGIN, HOLDING HIS PHOTO AND CRYING MUSLIM PREACHER LEADING PRAYERS VARIOUS OF FUNERAL PRAYERS UNDER WAY CROWD GATHERED AROUND COFFIN CHANTING (Arabic): "ALLAH-U AKBAR" (GOD IS GREAT) MEN TRYING TO CALM ZENGIN'S AUNT SOLDIERS CARRYING COFFIN
- Embargoed: 27th December 2016 12:32
- Keywords: Turkey explosions soccer stadium car bomb suicide bombing casualties funerals Tayyip Erdogan Binali Yildirim
- Location: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Reuters ID: LVA0015CKWKLJ
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- Story Text: Turkish people thronged to mosques on Monday (December 12) to bid farewell to victims of grisly Istanbul bombings that killed 44 people and wounded scores more in a coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul.
The blasts on 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.
An offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group claimed responsibility for the bombings outside an Istanbul soccer stadium, which also wounded around 150 people.
The bombings come five months after Turkey was shaken by a failed military coup, in which more than 240 people were killed, many of them in Istanbul, as rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets in a bid to seize power.
Istanbul has seen several other attacks this year, including in June, when around 45 people were killed and hundreds wounded as three suspected Islamic State militants carried out a gun and bomb attack on its main Ataturk airport.
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