Istanbul: ‘Deadly blast’ hits police bus in Vezneciler

At least 11 people have been killed by a blast which
targeted a police bus in central Istanbul, officials say.
The remote-controlled device was reportedly detonated as
the vehicle passed through the busy Vezneciler district at the
morning rush hour.
No group has yet said it carried out the attack.
Violence in Turkey has escalated recently as a result of
tensions with Kurdish separatists and the conflict in
neighbouring Syria.
The explosion happened near the city’s historic Beyazit
Square neighbourhood, a major tourist attraction.
At least 36 other people were injured, Istanbul’s governor
said.
Pictures showed the wreckage of a bus destroyed and the
facade of nearby buildings damaged. Armed police were
also seen next to the site.
Reports said gunfire was heard in the area after the blast.
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Both the so-called Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish militants
have said they were behind recent attacks in Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said terror groups are
targeting civilians because they are losing their struggle
against Turkish security forces.
Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against IS and allows
coalition planes to use its air base at Incirlik for raids on
Iraq and Syria.
And a two-year-old ceasefire between Turkey and the
Kurdish militant PKK broke down last summer.
Recent attacks in Turkey
March 2016: 35 people killed by Kurdish militants in
Ankara; 4 dead in a suicide attack in Istanbul
February 2016: 28 killed in military convoy in Ankara
January 2016: 12 German tourists are killed in a suspected
IS suicide bombing in Istanbul
October 2015: More than 100 people are killed in a double
suicide bombing at a Kurdish peace rally in Ankara
Tears and destruction amid PKK crackdown

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