Turkey: 29 killed, 166 injured in two blasts in Istanbul

Explosions took place outside football stadium a few hours after match between two of Turkey’s top teams

Police arrive at the scene

The attackers appear to have targeted a bus containing riot police. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkish officials have announced that two bombings in Istanbul have killed over 29 people, and injured 116.

The explosions happened outside a football stadium in Istanbul, in an attack that appeared to target police hours after a match between two of Turkey’s top teams.

In a statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “A terrorist attack has been carried out against our security forces and our citizens. 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.”

A video posted on Twitter captured the moment of the explosions in Turkey.

In June, 47 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, with authorities pointing the finger at ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, also known as ISIS.

Another 57 people, 34 of them children, were killed in August in a suicide attack by an ISIL-linked bomber at a Kurdish wedding in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

The country is also still reeling from a failed July 15 coup blamed on the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen that has been followed by a relentless purge of his alleged supporters from state institutions.

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