According to Turkish authorities, at least 13 were killed, and as many as 50 wounded, in two explosions that took place in Istanbul. The death toll is expected to rise.
In a statement from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
“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 maximize casualties. As a result of these attacks unfortunately we have martyrs and wounded.”
The area around the Besiktas football field has been evacuated, and all roads leading in have been closed to the public. The explosions were reportedly from car bombs, and Turkish broadcasters claim they were intended to target a police vehicle leaving the arena after fans had already dispersed, following the game.
There has so far been no claim of responsibility for the attack, however according to a security analyst who spoke to Aljazeera, it has all the hallmarks of a PKK operation.
“PKK tends to target any representations of the Turkish state particularly security forces. Sadly, this attack will further reinforce the impression that Turkey is becoming increasingly insecure and unstable, that Turkey is no longer the bastion of tranquility in a very troubled region.”
Turkey has reportedly been attacked twice this year in its two largest cities, which has caused fatalities and put the nation on high alert. The Turkish government apparently suspects the Islamic State in three different suicide bombings, as well. However it has just been revealed through WikiLeaks that the Turkish government and members of Erdogan’s family have had an active role in smuggling oil from areas controlled by ISIS, pointing to a connection between all parties involved.
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