Twin bombings near Istanbul's Besiktas stadium kill 29, wound 166

7 of the wounded were undergoing surgery and another six were in intensive care.

Twin bombings near Istanbul

Twin blast killed at least 29 people and wounded 166 outside a football stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night.

Turkish interior minister Suleyman Soylu said: "A car bomb followed by a suicide bombing less than a minute later killed 29 people and wounded 166 outside a football stadium in Istanbul."

Addressing a news conference, Soylu said all but two of those killed in the blasts were police officers. He said 17 of the wounded were undergoing surgery and another six were in intensive care.


A car bomb exploded outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul’s Besiktas soccer team, leaving flaming wreckage on the street. Forty-five seconds later, a suspect wearing explosives detonated them while surrounded by police in an adjacent park, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a news conference.

Following the incident, President Tayyip Erdogan described the blasts as a terrorist attack on police and civilians. He said the aim of the bombings, two hours after the end of a match attended by thousands of people, had been to cause the maximum number of casualties. “Nobody should doubt that with God’s will, we as a country and a nation will overcome terror, terrorist organisations … and the forces behind them,” Erdogan said in a statement.



Soylu also said 10 people had been detained based on evidence from the detonated vehicle, but gave no indication of who the authorities thought might be behind the attack.

The attack came 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.

In June, around 45 people were also killed and hundreds wounded as three suspected Islamic State militants carried out a gun and bomb attack on its main Ataturk airport.