A bomb attack that targeted a Police vehicle in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday has resulted in the killing of 11 people, leaving 36 others injured.

The attack occurred at a busy junction in the Beyazit district, near an Istanbul University building. It was caused by a bomb placed inside a car that was detonated as the police vehicle passed by.

According to the Governor of Istanbul, seven of the dead were police officers. He disclosed further that three of the injured were in a critical condition.

Though no terrorist group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, many have condemned the attack on the ground that it occurred on the second day of Ramadan.

Turkey’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, also condemned the attack saying “they [the attackers] are cold-heartedly exploding bombs on a Ramadan day.”

The country had been on high security alert after it witnessed two deadly attacks blamed on Islamic State Jihadists in Istanbul, and the twin attacks on Ankara that killed dozens; Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a radical splinter group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the attack.

PKK rebels have been targeting police and military targets since last July when a fragile peace process collapsed. They are a militant left-wing organisation based in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Since 1984, the PKK has waged an armed struggle against the Turkish state for cultural and political rights and self-determination for Kurds in Turkey.

Earlier in April, the American embassy in Turkey released an emergency alert, warning of a “credible threat” of terror attacks in tourist areas. It named Istanbul and Antalya, a coastal city, as particularly at risk.

Author: Ope Adedeji