As Russian aerospace forces exterminate Islamic State terrorist groups trying to retake Palmyra, terrorist blasts have taken place in Istanbul, Turkey, in Cairo, Egypt and in Mogadishu, Somalia.
A twin bomb attack took place outside the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, two hours after a soccer match was held between Besiktas and Bursaspor. A car bomb and a suicide bomber targeted a pólice vehicle killing 38 people on Saturday evening, at least 30 of these being policemen. Dozens of people are still in hospital. 300 to 400 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.
The Turkish authorities have blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) but no group has yet claimed responsibility. On February 17, an attack on a military convoy in Ankara killed 28 people; on March 13, a suicide car bomb in Ankara killed 37 people (Kurdish militants); on June 28 a gun and bomb attack killed 41 people at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul (ISIS); on July 30 a Turkish military base was attacked by Kurdish militants. 35 were killed; on August 20, a bomb attack at a wedding in Gaziantep killed 30 people (ISIS?).
At least 25 people have been killed in a bomb blast at Saint Peter's Coptic Church, next to Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, capital city of Egypt. Saint Mark's is the seat of the Coptic Church's Pope Tawadros II. Dozens of people were injured in the explosion which took place at 10.00 local time (GMT + 2).
The attack follows another on Saturday in which six policemen were killed when a bomb was set off on a road which led to the pyramids in Giza. A militant group called Hasm has claimed responsibility for the attack.
16 people have been killed by a suicide car bomber in the capital city of Somalia, Mogadishu, at the entrance to the port area early this morning. There are also dozens of injured, according to local agencies. The Somali authorities suspect the Islamist militant group ah-Shabab as being responsible for the attack.
Flirtation with Turkey turned out to be disastrous for Russia, but as long as Russia is in the game, the stakes should be high