Following a football match between Turkish sides Besiktas and Bursaspor, and once the majority of fans had dispersed, the first attack, a car bomb, believed to have been detonated by a remote controlled device, exploded outside the Vodafone Arena in the country's capital city of Istanbul.

The car bomb was targeted at a riot police bus, which was located outside the stadium and was in place to ensure crowd control during the game. The second bomb, suspected to have been the result of a suicide bomber, exploded at Macka Park, next to the Besiktas ground. The locations are less than a mile apart.

Bomb in Turkey - no responsibility yet claimed

So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing, but it has been suggested that the first attack may have been carried out by Kurdistan Workers Party (KKP), according to the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister.

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Officials also stated that a third device was found, but this was destroyed before it could be detonated.

This is just the latest in a series of attacks aimed at the capital city, with the last explosions, in June 2016, taking place at the main Ataturk airport, killing 45 people and injuring dozens more. Prior attacks have been claimed by KPP, as well as other left-leaning militant groups.

A day of mourning

The latest attacks are believed to have targeted police and civilians and, as a result, #Turkey has now ordered a day of mourning, with flags flying at half mast, to pay respects to its victims. 27 of the dead were from the city's police department, whilst the other two were members of the public. It is not yet known if the death toll will rise. So far, the investigation into the twin attacks has seen the arrest of ten individuals.

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It has been a year of bloodshed for the Turkish nation which included a failed military coup in July. The government has imposed a temporary media blackout, citing reasons of national security and the nation's security forces remain on high alert.

In a news conference, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that with the help of Allah, the country would 'overcome' terror. #Politics #Conflict