Terror comes knocking at the gates of Istanbul again. At least 11 people died and 36 were injured in an explosion caused by a car bomb in the central district of Vezneciler, near the popular square Bayezit, frequented by many tourists. According to preliminary reports, the target of the attack was a police bus driving by.
The first images show damaged cars and the vehicle of the law enforcement gutted by the explosion in a tree-lined street. The bomb would have been activated via remote control. Thus, it does not seem to be a kamikaze attack, usually attributable to jihadist organizations. Despite the fact that no claims were made yet, the scheme of the attack suggest that it may have been of Kurdish matrix (read PKK). On February 17, a similar attack in the center of Ankara had killed 26 soldiers.
Since last summer, after the second legislative elections that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party the majority of seats in Parliament, the guerrillas of the Kurds against the Turkish central power have made their return. Hundreds of soldiers and men of the security forces have died, over 4,000 PKK insurgents, according to the Turkish government, and an unknown number of civilians.