Double bombing in central Istanbul leaves at least 38 dead

More of 160 people were wounded in the double blast on Saturday night (10).
11/12/2016 13h56 - Updated 11/12/2016 13h56
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Turkey declared today (11) day of national mourning, after the double bombing in central Istanbul. The final balance of victims, published this morning by the Turkish Ministry of Interior, raised to 38 the death toll. More of 160 people were wounded in the double blast on Saturday night (10), near the Turkish football club Besiktas stadium. Authorities suspect the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK have organized the attack. Information provided by Radio France Internationale.

The explosions were aimed at the police, who are the majority among the victims. According to the balance sheet published this morning, between the 38 dead, 30 They were policemen and seven civilians. The identity of the last victim has not been confirmed.

The first car bomb hit a police bus in the vicinity of the football team stadium Besiktas, after the end of the match against Bursaspor. The second explosion, caused by a suicide bomber, came less than a minute later in a park this tourist area of ​​Istanbul, located between the emblematic Taksim Square and the old Imperial Palace of Dolmabahçe.

“The blasts were aimed at causing as many casualties”, said President Recep Erdogan, in a statement. The Turkish president canceled on Sunday a trip that would make Kazakhstan.

Attack has not been claimed

The double attack has not been claimed. Turkey was the target of several attacks in recent years, revindicados the Islamic State or by Kurdish separatist rebels of the PKK. Turkish officials say the first elements of the investigation indicate the PKK as responsible for the double explosion Saturday. Attacks on police are a hallmark of Kurdish separatists.

“Let no one doubt that we will overcome these terrorist organizations and those who are behind them”, assured Erdogan.

No Twitter, the US embassy in Ankara sentenced a “cowardly attack” and ensured that was “side of the Turkish people against terrorism”. The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, expressed his “solidarity with Turkish citizens, with the families of victims of the Istanbul attack.”

Turkey, integrating the international coalition fighting the Islamic State, It began in August an offensive in northern Syria, which borders the country, to press the jihadists heading south. The Kurdish forces are also involved in the Syrian conflict.

Source: Agency Brazil

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