Condemning Deadly Terrorist Attack on Police Bus, Secretary-General Pledges United Nations Stands in Solidarity with Turkey

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns today’s terrorist attack in Istanbul. The explosion in the heart of the city, reportedly caused by a car bomb targeting a police bus, claimed the lives of at least 11 people and injured dozens more.

The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this despicable terrorist attack will be swiftly identified and brought to justice. He extends his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. The United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and Government of Turkey at this difficult time.

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