Turkish football team Bursaspor says none of its fans injured in blast

Witnesses at the scene said gunfire could be heard in what appeared to have been an armed attack on police near the Besiktas stadium.

By: Reuters | Istanbul | Updated: December 11, 2016 2:06 am
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Turkish football team Bursaspor said none of its fans appeared to have been injured in an explosion outside one of Istanbul’s main stadiums hours after the end of a match on Saturday.

“We have contacted our fan groups. There appear to be no injuries among our fans. We wish injured citizens a quick recovery,” Bursaspor said in a statement on its Twitter account.

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, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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

Two witnesses told Reuters that there were two blasts. A Reuters photographer said many riot police officers had been seriously wounded.

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

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

Turkey has been hit by a series of bombings in recent years, some blamed on Islamic State militants, others claimed by Kurdish and far-leftist militant groups.

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