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Turkey: Car Bomb at Istanbul football stadium causes multiple casualties

A car bomb outside a football stadium in central Istanbul wounded at least 20 people, including a number of police officers, hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, the interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, has said.


Armed police sealed off streets around the Vodafone Arena, home to the Beşiktaş football team, a Reuters witness said. TV footage showed what appeared to be the wreckage of a burned-out car and two separate fires on the road outside the stadium.


Soylu, speaking in parliament during a budget hearing, said about 20 people had been wounded and that initial indications were that the blast was caused by a car bomb targeting a riot police bus.

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