Explosion near Istanbul police station injures 10

Authorities worked Thursday at the bomb site. No group has yet claimed responsibility.

Emrah Gurel)/Associarted Press

Authorities worked Thursday at the bomb site. No group has yet claimed responsibility.

ANKARA, Turkey — A bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded near a police station in Istanbul on Thursday, leaving at least 10 people wounded, Turkish officials said.

The attack occurred in the Yenibosna district, close to Istanbul’s main international airport, the governor of the city, Vasip Sahin, said in televised remarks. He said none of the wounded were in critical condition.


Images broadcast on Turkish television showed wrecked cars and shattered glass from building and car windows in the street outside the police station, which local media reports said was the most likely target of the attack.

Witnesses told CNN Turk that they saw a man in a black jacket with a red hood drive the motorcycle up to the police station and run away just before the bomb went off.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Turkey has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks this year. The government has said that Islamic State militants were to blame for some and that others were the work of Kurdish insurgents.

A three-decade conflict between the Kurds and Turkey flared up again in July 2015 after a fragile peace process broke down. Since then, Kurdish militant groups have claimed responsibility for several attacks on Turkish security forces that were similar to the motorcycle bombing on Thursday.


The Turkish military has stepped up its operations against Kurdish militants, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has vowed to root out all terrorist groups.

New York Times

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