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Dozens killed in Istanbul bombings

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 00:42

Video shows police firing into the air in response to explosions which killed more than two dozen people, near a football stadium in Istanbul. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Video shot by private Dogan news agency showed policemen opening fire into the air outside a football stadium in Istanbul on Saturday (December 10) after the first of two explosions rocked the area. The explosions, one thought to have been a suicide bomb, killed at least 29 people and wounded 166 more outside the stadium on Saturday, security sources said, in an attack that appeared to target police hours after a match between two of Turkey's top teams. President Tayyip Erdogan described the blasts outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul's Besiktas football team, as a terrorist attack on police and civilians. He said the aim had been to cause the maximum number of casualties. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said one of the explosions hit directly outside the stadium, while the suspected suicide bomber struck in the adjacent Macka park. He said that all but two of the dead were police officers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamic State, Kurdish and far-leftist militants have all carried out bomb attacks in recent years. The NATO member is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria, and is battling an insurgency by Kurdish militants in its southeast.

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Dozens killed in Istanbul bombings

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 00:42