11 dead in bomb attack on police bus in Istanbul


Istanbul: At least 11 people were killed in a bomb attack targeted a police vehicle in the central Istanbul district of Vezneciler on Tuesday. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told that 36 people were wounded in the attack and three of them were in a critical condition.

A parked car packed with explosives was detonated by remote control as the police bus drove by. It broadcast cell-phone footage of a blackened and mangled vehicle on the street as vendors peered out from a souvenir shop in a district near Istanbul University. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A Reuters witness saw what appeared to be two police vehicles hit, one of them on its side next to the road. Gunshots were heard in the area after the blast, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Broadcasters showed armed police in the street near to the site where the blast struck. Haberturk said eight people were wounded.

A spokesman at police headquarters in Istanbul was unable to provide information on the incident when reached by phone.Turkey has suffered a spate of bombings this year, including two suicide attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on ISIS and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.