Time: 5:40 p.m. CEST
A car bomb exploded on Tuesday morning in Istanbul’s Vezneciler neighborhood and killed 11 people and injured 36 others, Hurryiet Daily News reports. The bomb exploded at about 8:35 a.m., while a police bus drove close to the police station, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said to reporters.
It is the third major bombing in Istanbul in 2016. Seven police officers and four civilians died in the attack, and three of 36 injured where in critical conditions. “Six of the killed police officers were identified as Ramazan Kırboğa, Emrah Pekdoğan, Kadir Cihan Karagözlü, Duha Beker and Gökhan Topçü, as well as the bus’ driver, Yaşar Özlem,” Hurryiet Daily News reports.
The blast in Istanbul happened during the second day if the Muslim holy month Ramadan and the place of the explosion is not far of the historic places in Istanbul. No one claimed the responsibility, but the Hurryiet Daily News reports, “the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have staged similar attacks on security forces before, including one last month in Istanbul.”
Two suicide attacks happened in Istanbul’s tourists areas. Another bombings occurred in Ankara. While the authorities blamed Islamic State Group for the previous attacks in Istanbul, an offshoot of the PKK, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed attacks in Ankara.
All international organizations, including NATO condemn the bombings.