December 11, 2016
The Turkish government has vowed to avenge the victims of a twin bomb attack on Saturday night outside a football stadium in Istanbul that killed 38 people and injured more than 160 others.
Officials said the bombings, which have shaken a nation still struggling in the aftermath of a coup attempt and several attacks in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, this year, were likely to be the work of Kurdish separatists.
“Sooner or later, we will have our vengeance. This blood will not be left on the ground, no matter what the price, what the cost,” interior minister Süleyman Soylu said in a speech at a funeral for five of the officers killed, held at the Istanbul police headquarters.
The two bombings, using a car packed with 300kg of explosives and a suicide bomb, happened in quick succession at about 10.30pm on Saturday night in the Beşiktaş neighbourhood on Istanbul’s European side.