By Ellie-Louise Style
Kurdish militant group claim that they were behind the twin bombs that killed 38 yesterday.
Two suicide car bombs have taken the lives of 38 people outside the Vodafone arena, while another 155 people are currently receiving hospital treatment, and 14 are in intensive care.
It has been reported that these bombs were aimed at a bus carrying riot police, which occurred just after a soccer match had finished at the Besiktas football stadium.
Interior minister Suleyman Soylu said at a press conference: “According to the information we have received, 30 of them are police and security officers, seven are civilians and one has not yet been identified.”
The Kurdish Freedom Falcons or also known as TAK claimed that the bombings were down to them, as they released a statement on their website stating that two of their comrades had sacrificed their lives in the attacks.
This is not the first time the Kurdish militants have directed their hate towards the Turkish police, and it has been reported that the attack was a retaliation of the violence going on in the southeast and the imprisonment of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
A statement from Fikret Orman, chairman of Besiktas’ board also said: “We strongly condemn the terrorist bomb attack on our police officers during their departure from the Vodafone Arena.
“On behalf of Besiktas I wish the deceased mercy from Allah. I offer my condolences to the families and I wish a swift recovery to those injured.”
Turkey is currently in a 3 day mourning for all of the people that lost their lives in the twin bomb attacks.