Istanbul blasts leave 29 dead, more than 100 wounded: AP

Istanbul blasts leave 29 dead, more than 100 wounded: AP
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Two explosions, included a suspected car bomb and suicide bomb, killed at least 29 people outside of a soccer stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reported that 166 others have been wounded, citing Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. He said 10 people have been arrested so far in connection with the explosions.

The White House on Saturday evening called the bombings a "terrorist attack," saying it apparently targeted police forces.

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"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today in Istanbul, Turkey, which killed and wounded dozens," White House national security council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and loved ones, and to all the people of Turkey. We stand together with Turkey, our NATO Ally, against all terrorists who threaten Turkey, the United States, and global peace and stability."

Soylu said initial indications were the bomb targeted a police bus, where 27 police officers and two civilians were killed.

“We have once again witnessed tonight in Istanbul the ugly face of terror which tramples on every value and decency,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement, according to USA Today.

"A terrorist attack has been carried out against our security forces and our citizens. It has been understood that the explosions after the Besiktas-Bursaspor soccer game aimed to maximize casualties. As a result of these attacks unfortunately we have martyrs and wounded," he added, according to Reuters.

The initial blast reportedly occurred several hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams. The second blast was reportedly a suicide bomber. 

Witnesses told Reuters they heard two explosions near the soccer stadium. A witness also said Turkish police secured the area and closed off the streets around the sports venue.

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"I condemn the cruel terror attack in Istanbul. Those attacking our nation's unity and solidarity will never win," Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic tweeted, as reported by Reuters.

"It was like hell. The flames went all the way up to the sky. I was drinking tea at the cafe next to the mosque," one witness said.

"People ducked under the tables, women began crying. Soccer fans drinking tea at the cafe sought shelter, it was horrible," he added.

"We condemn tonight's cowardly attack, and salute the courage of the Turkish people as we stand with them against terror,” the US Embassy in Ankara said in a statement on Twitter. 

Several people on social media shared a video of some guitarists that appears to show the moment of the explosion happening in the background.

Updated: 9:08 p.m.