October 2016 Istanbul bombing

On 6 October 2016, at around 15:50 (UTC+3), a bomb attached to a motorcycle blasted in a terrorist attack in Yenibosna neighborhood of Bahçelievler district, İstanbul, Turkey. The bomb targeted a police office, however, either on purpose or not, the bomb was exploded before getting closer to the police station and eventually injured 10 civilians in the area, putting 1 in critical condition.[2][5][1]

October 2016 Istanbul bombing
Part of the Kurdish–Turkish conflict
LocationYenibosna, Bahçelievler, Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates37.38841°N 28.83149°W / 37.38841; -28.83149
Date6 October 2016
15:50 (UTC+3)
Attack type
Car bomb (motorcycle used)
Injured10 civilians (1 in critical condition)[1]
AssailantsFelek Gün, Ekrem Gün and co-conspirators[2][4]

The neighborhood is one of the closest ones to the İstanbul Atatürk Airport and İstanbul Inner Beltway and is a neighborhood where Bosniak residents of the city mainly live.

The attack was perpetrated by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The assailant, Felek Gün and co-conspirators Ekrem Gün and Serdar Gün along with 3 more suspects involved in the incident were taken into custody by the police. Assailant had a terrorism record with the outlawed group in both Iraq and Syria, incursing into the Turkish town of Cizre from area controlled by YPG in Syria during the recent Cizre clashes, reports highlighted.[4][2] He was caught in Aksaray Province, on his way to a PKK camp in Syria, with another two of the co-conspirators one day after the attack.[4][5]

Officials and experts highlighted that there were 2 schools close to the vicinity of the attack and in case the attack was conducted 10–20 minutes later, when the daily school endtime arrives, there would be a disaster resulting in many school children, going out from their schools to homes or schoolbuses, losing their lives cause of the terrorist attack.[2]

See also


  1. "İstanbul Yenibosna'daki saldırının faili yakalandı". BBC Türkçe. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. "İstanbul Yenibosna'da bombalı motosikletle saldırı". Cumhuriyet. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  3. "İstanbul Bahçelievler'de bombalı saldırı: 10 yaralı". Sputnik. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. "Yenibosna Bombacısı hendekçi çıktı". Sabah. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  5. "Yenibosna Karakola Saldırı". Akşam. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
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