The blast occurred at 8:45 a.m. and targeted a public bus carrying off-duty soldiers, police sources said.Initial reports from the scene indicate that there are deaths and injuries.
The injured were admitted to nearby hospitals and many ambulances dispatched to the scene. The number of causalties are yet to be provided.An investigation to the attack is underway.
Istanbul terror attack claimed 44 lives last Sunday
Two police chiefs were among the deceased and at least 166 people were injured, Suleyman Soylu told reporters in Istanbul.
Ten suspects were detained as part of an ongoing probe, he added.
Turkish Prime Ministry said in a statement, a day of national mourning has been declared on Sunday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack targeted police and civilians alike, and sought to cause the most casualties.
“When Turkey takes a positive step towards the future, the response comes immediately in the form of blood, loss of life, brutality, and chaos by terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim earlier said the government would dedicate every resource possible to thoroughly investigate the “vile attack”.
“The murderers who ambush life, peace, and happiness will not defeat the integrity of the state and the nation. They will not be able to divert Turkey from the path of democracy and law,” Yildirim said.
The explosion occurred two hours after a Turkish football league match between Besiktas and Bursaspor at the Vodafone Arena.
Speaking in Washington, Mete Yarar told attendees at an event organized by the Turkish-American Steering Committee that roughly 20,000 people were involved in the coup bid. He said the putschists had spent at least a year developing their well-structured plan.Terrorist attacks, including those blamed on the PKK and Daesh, helped pave the way for the coup attempt, he said, arguing that the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) hoped to capitalize on an atmosphere of fear.
Terrorist attacks, including those blamed on the PKK and Daesh, helped pave the way for the coup attempt, he said, arguing that the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) hoped to capitalize on an atmosphere of fear.