President, PM strongly condemn Istanbul terrorist attack

President, PM strongly condemn Istanbul terrorist attack

Islamabad (Web Desk): - President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in bomb blasts in Turkey.

In their message, they strongly condemned the bomb blasts and prayed for the eternal peace of the deceased and early recovery of the injured.

Twin bombs exploded less than a minute apart outside a football stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, killing 29 people and injuring 166, in a coordinated attack on police immediately after a match between two of Turkey´s top teams.

First a car bomb exploded outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul´s Besiktas football team, leaving flaming wreckage on the street.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a news conference that a suspect wearing explosives detonated himself forty-five seconds later while surrounded by police in an adjacent park.

President Tayyip Erdogan stated the explosions as a terrorist attack on police and civilians.

He said the aim of the bombings had been to cause the maximum score of casualties about two hours after the end of a match attended by thousands of people.

The attack shook a football-mad nation still trying to recover from a series of deadly bombings this year in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara, some blamed on the Daesh group and others claimed by Kurdish militants.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.