At least 20 wounded after terror attack hits policemen in central Istanbul stadiumISTANBUL
At least 20 wounded after terror attack hits policemen in central Istanbul stadium
At least 20 people were wounded on Dec. 10 when a bomb attack staged in Istanbul near Beşiktaş’s Vodafone Arena, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has announced.
A huge explosion occurred near Beşiktaş’s Vodafone Arena stadium following a match between Bursaspor.
Bursaspor stated on its official Twitter account that there were no injuries among its supporters in the attack.
A number of ambulances were dispatched to the scene.
A CNN Türk reporter said the attack might have targeted riot police at the stadium.
According to initial reports, there were two explosions which were followed by gunshots.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said around 20 were injured in the attack.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım was also briefed about the attack by Soylu and Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin. Soylu and Health Minister Recep Akdağ are also heading to Istanbul after the explosion.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s media watchdog, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), announced a gag order on reporting the attack.
Six prosecutors were assigned to investigate the attack.
In addition, the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul also stated that it was monitoring the attack, urging its citizens to avoid the area.
“Please avoid the area, monitor local press reporting, and let friends and family know you are OK,” the consulate said in a tweet.