Car Bomb Wounds 20 Outside Istanbul Stadium

At least 20 people have been wounded, following the detonation of a suspected car bomb, outside a football stadium, in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

A suspected car bomb outside a football stadium in central Istanbul wounded around 20 people on Saturday, hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, in what appeared to be an attack targeting riot police.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, speaking in parliament during a budget hearing, said around 20 people had been wounded, many of them police officers, and that initial indications were that a car bomb targeting a police bus was responsible.

Two witnesses told Reuters they had heard two blasts outside the Vodafone Arena, which lies on the edge of the Bosphorus in central Istanbul and is home to the Besiktas football team. A Reuters photographer said many riot police officers were seriously wounded.

Armed police sealed off streets around the stadium. A police water cannon doused the wreckage of a burned out car and there were two separate fires on the road outside the building.

Broadcaster NTV said the explosion targeted a police vehicle that was leaving the stadium after fans had already dispersed.

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