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Istanbul illuminated in memory of 38 killed in Besiktas twin blasts

Crowds gathered with flags near Besiktas port, Istanbul on Sunday to show respect to the 38 people killed and 155 wounded in explosions at the nearby football stadium on Saturday. Most of the casualties were police officers. The Galata Tower was bathed in a red light and showed a projection of the national star and crescent moon symbols. Mourners read religious passages and draped the Turkish flag out of windows in respect. The first blast on Saturday was a car bomb and targeted police positions in Suzer Plaza next to Besiktas’ Vodaphone Arena. It was followed by a reported suicide bomb which went off only 45 seconds later in the nearby Macka Park. Fifteen individuals have been arrested in connection to the attacks.

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