A car bomb ripped through a police bus in central Istanbul killing 11 people and wounding 36 near the mayor’s office, a significant university and the main tourist district.
This year the automobile was detonated as police buses Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters, in the fourth major bombing in the biggest city of Turkey. Kurdish militants have staged similar attacks, including one last month in Istanbul although there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
“A car-bomb attack was made against vehicles taking our fast-response authorities and passing by on the road, resulting in seven authorities and four civilians losing their lives,” Sahin said.
Three of the 36 wounded were in critical condition, he added.
The blast hit the Vezneciler district, between the campus of Istanbul University and the headquarters of the local municipality, not far from the city’s historic center. Shop windows and rubble that was dispersed shattered over roads that were nearby.