Motorbike bomb injures 10 in Istanbul

Firefighters and members of police special forces are seen at a blast scene in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct 6, 2016.
Firefighters and members of police special forces are seen at a blast scene in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - A bomb attached to a motorbike exploded near a police station in South-west Istanbul on Thursday (Oct 6), wounding 10 people, one of them seriously, local officials said.

The blast occurred in the Yenibosna neighbourhood, several kilometres from Istanbul Ataturk airport, the country's largest.

Television footage showed several damaged vehicles, shattered glass and broken windows. Ambulances and police special forces were deployed to the scene.

Governor Vasip Sahin said all of the wounded were civilians and that investigations into who might be reponsible were ongoing.

There have been a number of bomb attacks in Turkey in recent months, some blamed on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and some on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There were no immediate claims of responsibility on Thursday.

The last blast in Istanbul was in June, a month before an attempted coup to overthrow President Tayyip Erdogan's government, when 45 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing at the airport. That attack was blamed on ISIS.

There have been other attacks in the east of the country, including the bombing of a wedding party near the city of Gaziantep in August, when more than 50 people were killed.