: At least eleven people killed in blast in central Istanbul

10:42 Jun. 7, 2016

At least eleven people killed in blast in central Istanbul

A destroyed van is pictured near a Turkish police bus which was targeted in a bomb attack in a central Istanbul district, Turkey, June 7, 2016 (Photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

Another 36 were wounded after car bomb exploded, according to Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin

A car packed with explosives went off in central Istanbul in the morning of June 7, 2016. At least eleven people got killed as a result of the explosion, seven of them were police officers, Reuters news agency reported. Another 36 were wounded, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters near the scene.

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The car was detonated by a remote control device, wrecking a passing police bus near the main tourism district.

According to Reuters, a witness saw two police vehicles damaged by the blast. And shortly after the explosion, several gunshots were heard in the area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, Turkey had seen deadly explosions before, organised by Kurdish militants and ISIL.

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The security situation in the country worsened in July 2015, after the country clashed with the members of the Kurdistan Workers Party. Since then there was a series of blasts, which Turkey declared terrorist attacks.

On May 12 another car exploded near a military base in Istanbul. Several other explosions rocked the city of Dyarbakir on that day. 

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