Saturday, December 10

(UPDATED 10:30pm EST and Dec 11, 6:10am EST) Two bombs detonated in Istanbul; police primary targets; reports of gunfire

December 11 6:10am EST UPDATE
Death toll has risen to 38.  Hurriyet Daily News. other sources

Updated 10:30pm Sputnik report and my comments

At Least 15 Killed, Dozens Injured As Explosions Rock Istanbul (PHOTOS)
22:53 - 10.12.2016 (updated 01:55 - 11.12.2016)

Security sources and local TV are reporting that at least 15 are dead and 70 injured after two huge explosions struck the Turkish city.

In what Turkey's Interior Ministry has called a coordinated terrorist attack, a car bomb exploded near a riot police bus leaving Vodafone stadium in the Besiktas district of central Istanbul after a football match and another attacker detonated a suicide vest nearby.

The suspected suicide bomber struck in Macka park, next to the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul's Besiktas soccer team, while the second explosion hit directly outside the stadium, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a live broadcast on Turkish TV after the attack.

The car bomb attack near the arena, which has killed at least 15 and wounded 70, according to local news agency NTV, took place about two hours after a football match. The wounded are believed to be police officers who were in charge of security for the match, NTV reports. Horrific images of the carnage, including severely injured police officers, are circulating on social media.



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