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2010 Istanbul bombing
View of Taksim Square
LocationTaksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Date31 October 2010
10:34 (UTC+2)
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Deaths1 (the perpetrator)
PerpetratorKurdistan Freedom Hawks[2]

The 2010 Istanbul bomb blast was a suicide bombing which took place on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey on 31 October 2010 at 10:34.[citation needed] The bomb resulted in at least 32 injuries, 15 of whom were police officers[1][3] and was claimed by a Kurdish secessionist group known as the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK).[4]


The explosion occurred in Taksim Square on the European side of the city. The blast was reportedly a suicide bombing, targeting the riot officers and police vehicles typically stationed in the area.[5] Multiple additional explosive devices were reportedly discovered at the scene of the incident after bomb squads examined the area.[5]

Seventeen of the injured were civilians, while fifteen were police.[1] Two of the wounded were reported to be in serious condition.[6]


Initially, there were no official confirmations as to who carried out the attack, though many speculated that left-wing groups or the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were responsible. However, PKK never confirmed that they had organised the attack.[7]

The day was significant as it was the day of final celebrations for Republic Day, marking the declaration of independence for the Turkish Republic, and Turkish President Abdullah Gül was due to arrive at a nearby location.[8] The timing could also be significant since a unilateral ceasefire by the PKK declared two months earlier was due to expire on 31 October.[8] The PKK, however, denied responsibility,[9] with its spokesman, Roj Qandil, saying he had no "idea" about the bombing. The PKK also declared it was extending the unilateral ceasefire till the 2011 Turkish general election.[10]

The TAK released a statement on their website claiming responsibility for the attack. The statement said that "We as TAK claim responsibility for the action carried out against the police force of Turkish fascism at Istanbul's Taksim Square on 31 Oct 2010." The PKK denied involvement in the attack.[4]


  • Turkey – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "Those who threaten Turkey's peace, security and development will not be tolerated."[1]
  • – The Kurdistan Regional Government condemned the attack in a statement saying "The Kurdistan Region Presidency strongly condemns the terrorist attack that was perpetrated in central Istanbul on Sunday, wounding a large number of civilians and policemen. We send our sympathies to the victims and their families."[11]
  • Kuwait – Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Salem Al-Sabah sent a message to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denouncing the attack as a "terrorist crime."[12]
  • South Africa – President Jacob Zuma stated: "As the government and the people of South Africa, we reach out in thoughts and prayers to the government and peoples of Turkey and wishing those wounded a speedy recovery. Violence and any other form of terrorist attacks will not advance world peace and stability in any country."[13]
  • United States – United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the bombing, while also pledging to continue working with Turkey to "combat violent extremism. This is a shocking crime and the people of the United States stand in solidarity with our friends, the people of Turkey."[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Istanbul suicide blast injures 32, including 15 police". BBC News Online. London. 31 October 2010. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Kurdish TAK rebels say behind Istanbul bombing". reuters. 11 April 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b "32 injured in apparent suicide bombing in Turkey". CNN. 1 November 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Kurdish TAK rebels say behind Istanbul bombing". 11 Apr 2010. 11 April 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's main square". The Guardian. London. 31 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Bomb blast leaves 15 injured in Istanbul". PressTV. 31 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  7. ^ "22 hurt in Istanbul blast". The Straits Times. Singapore. 31 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Suicide blast hits Istanbul". Al Jazeera. 31 October 2010. Archived from the original on 31 October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Statement Says Istanbul Bombing Not Work of PKK". Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  10. ^ "PKK denies role in Turkish blast". Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Kurdistan Region Presidency condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul". www.krg.org. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  12. ^ "The Peninsula Qatar". Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  13. ^ 7thSpace. "South Africa: Zuma condemns Turkey terror attack". Retrieved 11 February 2015.

Coordinates: 41°02′13″N 28°59′05″E / 41.03694°N 28.98465°E / 41.03694; 28.98465