Istanbul, 7th June, 2016 (WAM) – Eleven people, seven of whom were police officers, were killed while 36 others were wounded in an attack targeting a police vehicle in Istanbul’s Vezneciler neighborhood on June 7. A bomb-laden car was detonated as the police bus was passing near a police station, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin.

The terror attack against a police vehicle in Beyazit’s Vezneciler town on the city’s European side was carried out at 8.40 a.m. local time [0540GMT], Sahin said.

Ambulances and bomb disposal teams were sent to the scene, while security measures were increased in the area.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has visited the hospitalized victims of the car bomb attack, which killed 11 people, including seven police officers, in Istanbul’s Beyazit area on Tuesday.

later, the Turkish president visited one of the hospitals in which several of the 36 people wounded in the blast were admitted.

“The mission of our soldiers, our police and our city guards is to protect our lives and our property. It is unacceptable that these people are targeted. We will continue our fight against terrorism fearlessly,” Erdogan told reporters following the visit.

The Turkish Presidency released a statement concerning the terror attack, saying that the perpetrators of the attack “will pay the price for the blood they shed”.

“Turkey will never bend to the evil of terrorism that has benefited only from blood and pain,” the statement added.

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