Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)
A senior Turkish official who can’t be named due to government protocol has told reporters that 15 people are dead and 69 wounded following the twin blasts in Istanbul on Saturday.
At least 20 people were wounded Saturday evening after twin explosions rocked Istanbul, according to Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu.
The explosions, one large blast followed by a smaller one, occurred after a football game, CNN Turk reported.
Authorities have not said if there were any fatalities, but Turkish President Erdogan confirmed “we have injured citizens and martyrs, unfortunately” in a televised address broadcast on CNN Turk.
The first explosion at Macka Park is considered a suicide attack,Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said, according to Anadolu. He didn’t say what caused the second explosion, which occurred near Besiktas Vodafone Arena. The two locations are less than a mile apart.
Soylu had earlier said a car bomb was the source of an explosion, according to Turkish state news agency TRT. However, it wasn’t clear to which blast he was referring.
In a tweet written shortly after the blasts, Transportation Minister Ahmet Arslan characterized them as a “terrorist attack.”
“We condemn the vile terror attack in Besiktas, Istanbul and wish quick recoveries to the injured,” said Arslan.