Eleven people died and 36 others were injured in a blast targeting a police bus near the metro and bus stations in Istanbul’s Vezneciler District early on Tuesday morning.
The governor of Istanbul, Vasip Sahin, confirmed the deaths and injuries from the attack, which was carried out with an explosives-laden car timed to detonate when a police bus was passing by at 6:40 GMT.
He said seven policemen and four civilians were killed in the blast.
Three of the injured are in critical condition.
The blast also damaged shops and vehicles. Gunshots were also reported after the blast.
Police cordoned off the area and evacuated premises near the scene of the blast, while the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Interior Minister Efkan Ala held a meeting minutes after the explosion to take stock of the security situation.
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