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38 Dead, 166 Injured in Explosions Outside Istanbul Stadium

foto-nea-tourkiaTurkey has declared a day of mourning on Sunday after twin explosions killed at least 38 people and injured another 166 on Saturday, reports said.

Two of those killed in the dual explosions outside Besiktas stadium in Istanbul are reported to be civilians and 30 are reported to be police officers.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has said that the first explosion occurred when a car rigged with explosive devices went off outside the stadium, while the second explosion went off outside a hotel near the stadium 45 seconds later.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has said that 17 of the injured are in surgery, while six are in intensive care, Sigma’s correspondent reported.

He added that ten suspects were arrested based on evidence from the vehicle.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered flags flown at half mast to commemorate the victims, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

President Tayyip Erdogan cancelled a planned trip to Kazakhstan, his office said. Erdogan described the blasts as a terrorist attack on police and civilians. He said the aim of the bombings, two hours after the end of a match attended by thousands of people, had been to cause the maximum number of casualties, Reuters reported.

“Nobody should doubt that with God’s will, we as a country and a nation will overcome terror, terrorist organisations …and the forces behind them,” he said in a statement.

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