Written by Staff Writer
07 Jun, 2016 | 3:27 pm
A car bomb ripped through a police bus in the main tourist district of central Istanbul during the morning rush hour on Tuesday (June 7), killing 11 people and wounding 36.
Amateur video showed damage caused to a nearby hotel and the wreckage of the police bus that came under attack. The bomb detonated as police buses passed through the area, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters, adding that tree of the 36 wounded were in critical condition.
It is the fourth major bombing in Turkey’s biggest city this year. The blast hit the Vezneciler district, between the headquarters of the local municipality and the campus of Istanbul University, not far from the city’s historic heart.
It shattered shop windows and scattered rubble over nearby streets. The police bus that appeared to have borne the brunt of the blast was tipped onto its roof on the side of the road. A second police bus was also damaged.
The charred wreckage of several other vehicles lined the street. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Kurdish militants have staged similar attacks, including one last month in Istanbul.
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