Istanbul Bombing Captured in Video of Musicians Performing Nearby

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Ambulances arrive at the scene after explosions near the Besiktas Vodaphone Arena on Dec. 10, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Thirty-nine people were killed and 154 wounded in two explosions outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul Saturday night (Dec. 10), and the blast was captured on camera by someone filming street musicians playing in the vicinity.

The clip, which can be streamed below, reportedly shows one of the explosions in the distance at Vodafone Arena stadium, home of Turkey's Besiktas team. Two unidentified guitarists perform in a sing-along, unaware of the blast lighting the sky behind them until an off-camera person alerts them. The sound of the bombing travels their way soon after.

Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a Kurdish militant group, took responsibility for the attacks on Sunday, reports the New York Times. The group said it was in retaliation for state violence in southeast Turkey's largely Kurdish region, as well as the imprisonment of Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader Abdullah Ocalan. One of the two attacks, carried out by a suicide bomber, targeted police officers.


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