Police detain one suspect in Istanbul explosion, CNNTürk reports
ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires
DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜRELPolice have detained one suspect for possible links to today's bombing in Istanbul in the Marmara province of Kocaeli, CNNTürk reported.
Istanbul police chief Hüseyin Çapkın said sixteen people, fifteen of them police officers, were injured in the blast.
Çapkın said the explosion was caused by a bomb that was remotely detonated.
A blast shook Istanbul’s Sütlüce district this morning, as fifteen police officers were wounded, according to news agencies. The blast took place near a midibus carrying police officers, on the İmrahor Street in a district near the Golden Horn.
The location is also very near the Istanbul district office of the governing Justice and Development Party, and the headquarters of the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD).
Police officers were on duty at a building belonging to the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD), which is close to the AKP branch on İmrahor Street in Beyoğlu district’s Sütlüce neighborhood.
The bomb was placed at the scene on a motorbike and was detonated as a police bus passed by. The bike was reportedly left in front of a construction site at first, but construction workers on the site moved it because it was blocking the way.
Two vehicles were also damaged in the blast.
PM condemns attack
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the attack, saying such activities would not disturb the steady path of the country.
"I believe that terrorism will weaken every day with the coordinated works of our security units," Erdoğan said.
A similar attack carried out in May last year wounded close to a dozen people.