Aban­doned Ja­panese boy leaves hos­pi­tal

Er­do­gan: Killing of of­fi­cers un­for­give­able

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A rush-hour car bomb attack targeting a bus car­ry­ing riot po­lice killed 11 peo­ple and wounded 36 oth­ers.

Speak­ing at the scene of yes­ter­day’s blast in the district of Beyazit, Is­tan­bul gover­nor Vasip Sahin said the dead in­cluded seven po­lice of­fi­cers and four civil­ians. At least three of the wounded were in se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

The ex­plo­sion was caused by a bomb placed in­side a car and was det­o­nated as the po­lice ve­hi­cle was pass­ing by.

The po­lice bus was over­turned from the force of the blast, which also dam­aged nearby build­ings, in­clud­ing a closed ho­tel whose en­trance ap­peared gut­ted and win­dows were blown out.

The blast also shat­tered win­dows at a fa­mous 16th-cen­tury Ot­toman mosque, Se­hzade­basi, and wrecked sev­eral cars in the area.

The ex­plo­sion oc­curred on a busy in­ter­sec­tion near an Is­tan­bul Univer­sity build­ing, forc­ing of­fi­cials to can­cel ex­ams.

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan vis­ited some of the wounded at Is­tan­bul’s Haseki hos­pi­tal, where two peo­ple were un­der­go­ing surgery, and said Turkey would press ahead with its fight against ter­ror­ism.

“Th­ese [at­tacks] are be­ing car­ried out against peo­ple whose duty it is to en­sure the se­cu­rity of our peo­ple,” said Er­do­gan. “Th­ese can­not be par­doned or for­given. We shall con­tinue our fight against ter­ror­ists tire­lessly un­til the end.”

For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu con­demned the attack, which oc­curred on the sec­ond day of Ra­madan. He said: “They are cold­heart­edly ex­plod­ing bombs on a Ra­madan day.”

Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim was meet­ing with the coun­try's in­te­rior min­is­ter to dis­cuss the attack.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­spon­si­bil­ity claim and Sahin would not com­ment on who may be be­hind the attack. Au­thor­i­ties im­posed a news black­out pre­vent­ing me­dia from re­port­ing de­tails of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Yes­ter­day’s attack was the fourth ma­jor bomb­ing in Is­tan­bul this year. Two of them targeting tourists and two hit­ting se­cu­rity forces. The spike in vi­o­lence has led to a sharp dip in tourism, a main­stay of the econ­omy.

The rebels of the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers' Party, or PKK, have been targeting po­lice and mil­i­tary per­son­nel with bombs since July, when a frag­ile peace process be­tween the rebels and the govern­ment col­lapsed. ISIS has also been blamed for a se­ries of deadly bomb­ings in Turkey, which is part of the US-led coali­tion against ISIS.

Last month, eight peo­ple were also wounded in Is­tan­bul af­ter car bomb sim­i­larly tar­geted a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle.

A Ja­panese boy who was found nearly a week af­ter he was aban­doned in a for­est by his par­ents as pun­ish­ment was re­leased from a hos­pi­tal. Seven-year-old Yam­ato Tanooka was met with loud cheers out­side the hos­pi­tal in the city of Hako­date. When asked what he would like to do, he said he wants to play base­ball. “I am fine,” Yam­ato told re­porters.

EX­PLO­SION: Fire­fight­ers work at the scene

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