ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey has declared a national day of mourning, launched a full investigation and began to bury its dead Sunday after twin blasts in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium.
The twin car-and-suicide bombings Saturday night near the Besiktas stadium enraged top officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who vowed to hunt down the perpetrators. The attack was the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats.
The blasts targeted police officers, killing 30 of them along with seven civilians and an unidentified person, according to the Turkish interior minister.
Turkish officials say 13 people have been arrested in connection with the “terrorist attack” and three others have been detained for social media posts regarding the explosions.
There’s been no claim of responsibility for the attack but three senior officials said suspicions focused on Kurdish militants.