Turkey: Police arrest four suspects of Istanbul bombing

    Turkey: Police arrest four suspects of Istanbul bombing

    June 8, Istanbul: Police have detained four suspects for questioning in connection to a bomb attack that targeted a police vehicle near the main tourist district in central Istanbul, killing 11 and injuring 36 people.

    According to Turkish state media report, the four were arrested hours after Tuesday's attack and were being held at Istanbul's main police headquarters.

    Speaking at the scene of the blast in the Beyazit district, Istanbul Governer Vasip Sahin said a bomb placed inside a car detonated as the police bus passed by, killing seven members of the police force as well as four civilians.

    Media reports said the explosion took place near the Vezneciler metro station, which is within walking distance of some of the city's main tourist sites, including the Suleymaniye Mosque.

    The White House condemned the attack as a "horrific act" and confirmed that the US "stands together with Turkey" as the two countries confront challenges in the region.

    Pictures showed the bomb had turned the police vehicle into mangled wreckage and that nearby shops had their front windows smashed out by the force of the blast.

    The bombing came during the first days of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, a time marked by dawn-to-dusk fasting and intense prayer.

    According to reports, some 1.75 million foreigners came to Turkey in April, down more than 28 percent on April 2015.

    The Oslo Times


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