Two explosions have hit the Cultural Capital of Turkish, Instanbul, killing at least 29 people and injuring 190 others. The majority killed were police and, so far ten people have been arrested in connection with the bombings.
“I heard two loud explosions within 30 seconds of each other,” Omer Yilmaz, a cleaner at the nearby Dolmabahce Mosque, told local news reporters..
“I saw flames. I walked towards the police bus which was on fire and-and I saw policemen inside.”
Turkish President Erdogan said in a speech following the attacks: : “A terrorist attack has been carried out against our security forces and our citizens. It has been understood that the explosions after the Besiktas-Bursaspor football game aimed to maximize casualties. As a result of these attacks, unfortunately, we have martyrs and wounded.”
All public transport has been shut down, and the streets leading to the Vodafone arena have been closed. The blasts came two hours, after a football match took place and seemed to target a local police car.
It is unknown who has perpetrated these attacks, but it has all the hallmarks of a PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), who have constantly attacked Turkey in the past with this type of method. The Kurdistan Workers Party have been fighting a war against Turkey for an independent Kurdistan and they’ve also been given military aid by the United States and NATO in order to fight the Islamic State.
Turkey has had an eventful year, with two PKK bombs killing dozens in Ankara earlier this year, an attempted military coup by the army and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have hit Turkey three times, so far this year.
Another likely perpetrator of these bombings could be the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Turkey was involved in the coalition that drove them back from Al-Bab, and have cracked down on foreign jihadists heading to Syria.
This may prompt Erdogan to start bombing Kurdish areas if the PKK claim responsibility for the attack and this event will highlight the issue of what the US’s military aid to rebels is being used for? Could the money be given to the PKK to fight ISIS end up being used to terrorist attacks like this? This could be a similar situation to Afghanistan when the Soviets tried to invade, so America gave aid to the Muhajideen, which in turn, created the Taliban.
Central Media Incorporated Reporter