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Turkey Feature: 38 Killed in Double Bombing in Istanbul

Turkey Feature: 38 Killed in Double Bombing in Istanbul
December 11
11:27 2016

PHOTO: Turkish police amid the helmets of colleagues after Friday night’s bombings

UPDATE 1610 GMT: The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an offshoot of the Turkish Kurdish insurgency PKK, have claimed responsibility for Saturday’s Istanbul bombings.

The TAK, which has claimed other bombings in Turkey this year, said it attacked because of the ongoing imprisonment of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and the “fascism” of Turkey’s ruling AKP.

ORIGINAL ENTRY: At least 38 people have been killed and 136 have been wounded by a double bombing in central Istanbul in Turkey.

The explosions — a suspected car bomb and a smaller blast — occurred late Friday near a football stadium, 90 minutes after a match between Turkish sides Beşiktaş and Bursaspor. The target reportedly was a police van.

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said 30 police and seven civilians have been killed, with one victim to be identified.

He added that 13 suspects have been detained.

Health Minister Recep Akdağ said 14 of the wounded are in intensive care.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Both the Islamic State and the Turkish insurgency PKK have carried out recent bombings.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Sunday that initial findings point to the PKK, although the evidence is not conclusive.

Speaking on CNN Türk news channel, Kurtulmuş said that although the investigation has not been concluded yet, findings suggest that the PKK terrorist organization may be involved in the deadly terror attack in Istanbul.

The first explosion was from a moving car that directly targeted riot police, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said. The second attack was by a suicide bomber 45 seconds later in a park across from the stadium.

The moment of the explosion, during a broadcaster by Besiktas’ TV outlet:

The explosions were heard on both sides of the Bosphorus.

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  1. meokur
    meokur December 11, 21:15

    I was in Maltepe in anatolian side of the istanbul and kilometers away from the explosion but i heard its sound.

    I think there was no suspicion about which group did this. Daesh never used svbied ‘s in its attacks in turkey it only used svest’s. otoh pkk frequently uses svbied’s.

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  2. Barbar
    Barbar December 12, 10:42

    In the current Turkish political climate there’s no quicker way to get Öcalan hanged* than to claim this kind of action is a ‘protest’ against his imprisonment, which strengthens the suspicion that TAK is a deep-state cover organisation,
    [*as vengeful Tayyip has been itching to do since the failure of PKK to surrender during his fake ‘peace process’.]

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    • meokur
      meokur December 12, 19:51

      Funny thing is when daesh blows up PKK sympathizers you blame Tayyip and turkish deep state. When PKK kills turkish police and civilians you again blame tayyip and tr deep state. You and saliatus the bot work in the same office by any chance?

      BTW please enlighten the dumb HDP MPs about the evil conspiracies of tayyip so that they don’t attend the funerals of tak\pkk suicide bombers and don’t invalidate your funny conspiracy theories.


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      • ​Saliatus
        ​Saliatus December 14, 14:22

        All 3 TAK bombs had RDX in them. RDX points directly to governments & in this case we have a govt w a deep state notorious 4 its black ops.
        https://twitter.com/agitpapa/status/808925914679676929 12/13/2016

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        • Bs As
          Bs As December 14, 15:03

          Sure…so turkish´s “deep state” agents are blowing themselves up under government orders. When will they collect their earned wages?, on yawm al-qiyamah?.

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      • Barbar
        Barbar December 29, 18:37

        I didn’t blame Tayyip’s DS for this action and don’t know enough about TAK to judge, but just said that from the wording of that communique it looks quite suspect as being designed to play into the tyrant’s hands.

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