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2 separate blasts near Besiktas football stadium killed at least 29 people and injured 166, authorities say

December 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm

At around 10.30 pm (19 30GMT) on Saturday evening, two explosions rocked Istanbul’s European side. Outside a football stadium in Istanbul’s Besiktas district, a car bomb was detonated two hours after the end of a Turkish league football match between Besiktas and Bursaspor.

Seconds later, a suicide bomb attack occurred in Macka Park in the same neighbourhood. The suicide bomber blew himself up after police noticed him, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.