A remotely detonated bomb killed 11 people and wounded 36 more near Beyazit Square in Istanbul during rush hour on Tuesday morning. A police bus appears to have been the main target and bore the brunt of the explosion.

This is the fourth bombing in the city this year and occurred in the heart of the tourist area. Four people have been arrested in connection with the attack.



From the AP

Car bomb attack targeting police kills 11 people in Istanbul

Speaking at the scene of the blast in Beyazit district, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin said a bomb placed inside a car detonated as a police vehicle passed by. The dead were seven police officers and four civilians. At least three of the wounded were in serious condition.

Sahin declined to comment on who may be behind the attack and authorities imposed a news blackout preventing media from reporting details of the probe in Turkey, citing concerns over security and police and forensic efforts to investigate the attack.

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From Reuters

Car bomb targeting police kills 11, wounds 36 in Istanbul

The blast on the second day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan hit the Vezneciler district, between the headquarters of the local municipality and the campus of Istanbul University, not far from the city’s historic heart. It shattered windows in shops and a mosque and scattered debris over nearby streets.

“There was a loud bang, we thought it was lightning but right at that second the windows of the shop came down. It was extremely scary,” said Cevher, a shopkeeper who declined to give his surname. The blast was strong enough to topple all the goods from the shelves of his store.

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Arrests

From CNN

4 detained after car bomb kills 11 in Istanbul

Four people have been detained in connection with a car bomb attack targeting a police bus that killed 11 people Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency reported, citing police officials.
The blast, in the Beyazit neighborhood of Istanbul’s historic Fatih district, occurred about 8.40 a.m. local time during morning rush hour.

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