Istanbul Bombing

Terrorism Shakes Turkey

epa05349476 Police officers and firefighters inspect the scene after a bomb attack on a police bus in the Vezneciler district of Istanbul, Turkey, 07 June 2016. At least seven police officers and four civilians were killed and 36 people were wounded after an explosion, caused by a bomb, targeted a police bus in central Istanbul, local media reported. EPA/SEDAT SUNA +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Police officers and firefighters after a bomb attack on a police bus in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 7.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The continuation of a string of deadly attacks in Turkey is eroding the sense of normality in the country.

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    • A car bomb in central Istanbul on Tuesday killed 11 people and wounding 36.
    • It was the fourth bombing in the city since January.
    • Bombings by Kurdish groups in the past have targeted the police and the military but one at a public square in March in Ankara appeared intended to kill civilians.
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A car bomb that ripped through a police bus in central Istanbul on Tuesday, killing 11 people and wounding 36, was the latest in a string of deadly attacks throughout Turkey over the past year.

The attack was the fourth since January in the cosmopolitan city of 14 million, which until this year has been largely isolated from the turmoil of civil wars in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

The attacks are eroding a sense of normality among many Turks, and security concerns are already hurting tourism and investor confidence.

“Everyone feels a bit tense,” said Tobias Wilms, a 25-year-old German who has been working in Istanbul for the past six months. “You see it and feel it in the buses, the streetcars and the underground.”

But Mr. Wilms, whose workplace is near the site of Tuesday’s bombing, spoke of an “emotional tolerance” to the terrorist attacks. “People at work didn’t even talk about it,” he told Handelsblatt Global Edition. “It’s as if they want to ignore these incidents – to keep their peace of mind.”

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