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Stadium blasts kill 15 people in Turkey

Two explosions near a football stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, have killed 15 people and injured 69, the government says.

Turkish officials said the blasts, believed to be a car bomb and a suicide bomb, had targeted police officers.

Witnesses heard gunfire after the attack, which happened two hours after fans had left the Besiktas stadium.

Turkey has seen a recent spate of militant attacks in major cities that have left dozens of people dead.

No group has said it was behind the attack but a wave of bombings in Turkey this year has been carried out by

The fact that police appear to have been hit will focus suspicion on Kurdish militant groups, who have mainly targeted the security forces, he adds.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed fatalities but gave no details.

“A terrorist attack has been carried out against our security forces and our citizens,” he said.

“It has been understood that the explosions after the Besiktas-Bursaspor football game aimed to maximise casualties. As a result of these attacks unfortunately we have martyrs and wounded.”


Source: BBC


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