Suspected car bomb wounds around 20 outside Istanbul football stadium: minister

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 10, 2016 3:05 PM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A suspected car bomb outside a football stadium in central Istanbul wounded at least 20 people on Saturday hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Armed police sealed off streets around the Vodafone Arena, home to the Besiktas football team, a Reuters witness said. TV footage showed what appeared to be the wreckage of a burned out car and two separate fires on the road outside the stadium.

Soylu, speaking in parliament during a budget hearing, said around 20 people had been wounded and that initial indications were that the blast was caused by a car bomb targeting a riot police bus.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu, Humeyra Pamuk, Umit Bektas and Murad Sezer; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by David Dolan)