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Istanbul Bombing Victims

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Istanbul Bombing Victims

At least 38 people have died, and 155 were wounded in a pair of bombing attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, according to government officials as reported by CNN.

Many of the victims were police officers; some reports said that 30 of the deceased were officers.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2016, a pair of explosions rocked Turkey’s largest city. The large initial explosion, followed by a smaller blast, occurred outside of a soccer stadium Saturday night in central Istanbul. The stadium had hosted a game earlier in the day.

Officials characterize this as a terrorist attack. The initial explosion was suspected to be caused by a car bomb, and the second a smaller suicide bomb. No group has come forward to claim responsibility.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an ally of the United States in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, issued a statement before the news conference saying Istanbul had once again "witnessed the ugliest face of terror stepping on all values and morals. ... Together with the help of Allah, as a country and a nation, we will overcome terror, terror organizations, terrorists, and the ... powers behind them."

The Turkish prime minister's office said in a statement that Sunday has been declared a day of national mourning, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

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