Police bus hit by a car bomb attack in Turkey

Fire engines stand beside a Turkish oplice bus which awas targeted in a bomb attack in a central Istanbul district, Turkey, June 7, 2016.    REUTERS/Osman Orsal
Fire engines stand beside a Turkish oplice bus which awas targeted in a bomb attack in a central Istanbul district, Turkey, June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

At least 11 people have been killed by a blast which targeted a police bus in central Istanbul, officials say.

The remote-controlled device was reportedly detonated as the vehicle passed through the busy Vezneciler district at the morning rush hour. No group has yet said it carried out the attack.

The explosion happened near the city’s historic Beyazit Square neighbourhood, a major tourist attraction. At least 36 other people were injured, Istanbul’s governor said.

Reports said gunfire was heard in the area after the blast. Both the so-called Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish militants have said they were behind recent attacks in Turkey.

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