A car bomb attack on a police bus in Istanbul has killed at least 11 people, seven of them officers.“Seven police and four citizens lost their lives,” the city’s governor, Vasip Sahin, said at the scene in the Beyazit district. Thirty-six others were injured, at least three of them were in a serious condition.
The explosion took place close to the Vezneciler metro station, which is within walking distance of some of the city’s main historical sights, including the famed Suleymaniye Mosque.
It was also near an Istanbul University building, forcing officials to cancel exams. The metro station was closed as a security precaution. The force of the blast caused the police bus – carrying rapid-response officers – to overturn. Nearby buildings were damaged too, while several cars were wrecked.