UPDATE: The Kurdish Freedom Falcons, TAK, an offshoot of the PKK (see below) has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published on its website.
It said the bombings were in response to ongoing violence in south-eastern Turkey and the imprisonment of PKK head Abdullah Ocalan.
THE death toll has risen to 38, with 166 people injured in the wake of two explosions near Beșiktaș’ football stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ten arrests have already been made and a day of national mourning announced, after it emerged that a car bomb collided with a police vehicle before a suicide bomber struck less than sixty seconds later.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, with a succession of bombings in Turkey this year have been attributed to Kurdish militants and Daesh.
The country’s deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, believes that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) may be to blame, and said on CNN Turk: “The arrows point at the PKK. It is clearly a planned event. There will be an announcement once the investigations are over. We cannot say anything definite for now.”
President President Tayyip Erdogan has cancelled a trip to Kazakhstan and described the bombings as an attack on police and civilians which “aimed to maximise casualties.”
Officials have now confirmed that at least thirty of those killed were police officers, while 17 people are undergoing surgery and 14 are in intensive care.
One of the blasts was captured on Beșiktaș club television channel, and a video of the moment can be viewed below.