At least 38 people are reported dead and at least another 160 wounded as a result of two explosions that went off on Saturday night after a football match in Istanbul, Turkey. The blasts occurred at 10.29PM, more than two hours after the game had ended, according to Turkey's interior minister Süleyman Soylu, speaking at a press conference.
Everyone careful! Big explosion in #Besiktas. Not sure what it was. Everyone stay safe in #Istanbul! pic.twitter.com/2Mwc4CokH0
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Thirteen people have have been arrested in connection with the blasts, as of Sunday morning. "According to the latest information, 38 of our nation's children have reached martyrdom after last night's cruel attack," Soylu told a news conference earlier. "Sooner or later, we will have our vengeance. This blood will not be left on the ground, no matter what the price, what the cost."The first explosion came from a moving car that directly targeted riot police near the stadium. The second attack came 45 seconds after the first one, when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at Maçka Park just across from the stadium, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said in a press conference. According to the BBC, 30 of those killed in the attacks were police officers.
Moment of explosion in Istanbul from an amateur camera! pic.twitter.com/tJ6KeYCPfD
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"There will be an announcement once the investigations are over. We cannot say anything definite for now," Kurtulmuş concluded. He said Turkey's allies should show solidarity with it in the fight against terrorism.
HUGE video from Besiktas TV when the explosion hit the #Besiktas Stadium #Istanbul #Turkey pic.twitter.com/dvd2vOS1JM
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, issued a statement. "Istanbul had once again witnessed the ugliest face of terror stepping on all values and morals," it read. "Together with the help of Allah, as a country and a nation, we will overcome terror, terror organizations, terrorists and the powers behind them." A national day of mourning was declared on Sunday with flags flown at half-mast, according to a statement from the prime minister's office. Mr Erdogan cancelled his official visit to Kazakhstan.More on VICE:How Facetime Saved Erdogan from Turkey's Failed CoupWe Spoke to Turkish Shopkeepers in London About July's Coup AttemptHow It Feels to Be a Dissident in Turkey After the Coup
BREAKING: Two large explosion reported near Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul pic.twitter.com/9ncLVtQLro
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