Istanbul Blast Nearly 20 police wounded in car bomb attack

The bomb, apparently targeting a bus carrying police officers, exploded outside the stadium of Istanbul football club Besiktas.

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Turkish police carry the coffin of a fellow officer during a funeral ceremony at Istanbul's police headquarters on December 11, 2016 play

Turkish police carry the coffin of a fellow officer during a funeral ceremony at Istanbul's police headquarters on December 11, 2016

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A car bomb exploded in the heart of Istanbul Saturday, wounding around 20 police officers, the interior minister said, quoted by the official Anadolu news agency.

The bomb, apparently targeting a bus carrying police officers, exploded outside the stadium of Istanbul football club Besiktas following its match against Bursaspor, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

"A car packed with explosives is believed to have exploded where our riot squad was deployed shortly after the football fans dispersed following the match," he said.

"The attack targeted the riot police's bus," the minister said, adding that nearly 20 officers had been wounded.

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