Major bomb attacks in Turkey

Turkey's Interior Ministry says a suspected car bomb outside a football stadium in central Istanbul injured at least 20 people.
A damaged vehicle is seen after a blast in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec 10, 2016.
A damaged vehicle is seen after a blast in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec 10, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (AFP) - 29 people were killed and nearly 166 wounded in Istanbul on Saturday (Dec 10) when twin bombings struck the heart of the city close to the stadium of football giants Besiktas after a major game.

A car bomb detonated outside the Vodafone Arena football stadium on the shores of the Bosphorus after a match between Besiktas and Bursaspor while a suicide attacker struck a nearby park, officials said.

The blasts were the latest in a year that has seen Istanbul and other Turkish cities rocked by a string of attacks blamed on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Kurdish militants.

Following is a list of the worst bomb attacks in Turkey over the past three decades:


Aug 20: 57 people, 34 of them children, die in an ISIS-linked bomb attack on a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border.


June 28: 47 people are killed, including foreigners, and over 200 injured in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. There is no claim of responsibility but authorities say evidence points to ISIS.

June 7: At least seven police officers and four civilians die when a bomb rips through a police vehicle near the historic centre of Istanbul. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a radical offshoot of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), claims the attack and warns tourists to stay away.

March 19: Three Israelis and an Iranian are killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing targeting Istanbul shopping thoroughfare Istiklal Caddesi. Pro-government media blame ISIS.

March 13: 34 people are killed and dozens wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in Ankara. TAK claims the assault.

Feb 17: At least 29 people are killed in a suicide bombing attack targeting the Turkish military in Ankara. The attack is also claimed by TAK.

Jan 12: Twelve German tourists are killed and more than a dozen others wounded in a suicide attack by a Syrian bomber in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, the ancient tourist heart of the city and home of the Blue Mosque. The prime minister said the bomber belonged to ISIS.


Oct 10: In the bloodiest attack in Turkey's history, 103 people are killed and more than 500 wounded in twin suicide bombings targeting a pro-Kurdish peace rally in Ankara. The prime minister says ISIS was the main suspect.

July 20: 34 people are killed and about 100 wounded in a suicide bombing in the predominantly Kurdish town of Suruc near the border with Syria. Turkish officials again blame ISIS.


May 11: A twin car bomb attack kills 52 people in the town of Reyhanli near the Syrian border. Ankara blames pro-Damascus groups.

Feb 11: 17 people are killed when a Syrian minibus explodes in Reyhanli


July 27: Two bombings in Istanbul leave 17 dead and 115 wounded. Ankara blames the PKK.


Sept 12: 10 people, including children, are killed in a bomb blast in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the mainly Kurdish south-east.


Nov 15 and 20: Four suicide car bomb attacks in Istanbul hit two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the British multinational bank HSBC, leaving 63 dead, including Britain's consul general, and hundreds wounded. The attacks are claimed by Al-Qaeda and a Turkish extremist group named the Islamic Front of Raiders of the Great Orient.


March 13: 12 people are killed in a fire-bombing on an Istanbul shopping mall. The attack is claimed by the PKK, which later retracts its statement.


Dec 25: Explosives and firebombs are hurled at an Istanbul department store, killing 17 people and injuring 23. The attack is blamed on the PKK.


Sept 6: A twin suicide bombing kills 22 people at a synagogue in Istanbul.