Istanbul: Two explosions rock Taksim Square in Turkish capital

Soylu, speaking in parliament during a budget hearing, said at least 20 people had been wounded following the match between Besiktas and Bursaspor and that initial indications were that the blast was caused by a vehicle bomb targeting a riot police bus.

Two blasts happened within seconds near a stadium in the district of Besiktas, where a football match ended about one and a half hours before, as heard by some residents.

Rescue services rush to the scene of explosions near the Besiktas football club stadium, following at attack in Istanbul, late Saturday.

Police cordoned off the area as smoke rose from behind the newly built Vodafone Arena Stadium, known colloquially as Besiktas Stadium after the local team and neighborhood. "We wish injured citizens a quick recovery", Bursaspor said in a statement on its Twitter account.

Television images showed more than a dozen ambulances on a street hugging the stadium and a police helicopter flying overhead with its searchlights on.

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Besiktas, the Turkish Super Lig champions, released a statement condemning "the terrorists.who attacked our heroic security forces, who provided security for both our supporters and those of our visitors Bursaspor".

"We hope that the citizens who were wounded in the attack will have a speedy recovery and that no greater suffering will be experienced".

A further suspicious package has been destroyed outside the stadium, TV channel NTV reported.

"We condemn violence and hatred".

Turkish media reported the explosions were followed by gunshots. This year Istanbul has witnessed bombings attributed by authorities to the Islamic State group or claimed by Kurdish militants.

  • Megan Austin