Turkish President Abdullah Gul has condemned the bomb attacks in Istanbul that killed 16 people and injured more than 154 others.
Releasing a message, President Gul expressed profound sorrow over killing of innocent people in two attacks in one of Istanbul busy shopping districts.
"I condemn those who are responsible for these inhuman attacks displaying the brutality of terrorism and targeting innocent people. I want to reiterate once again that determination and power of our people and state will not allow those who aim at harming our unity and tranquillity with gory acts of terror, to reach their heinous targets. No one can reach their goals by claiming lives of innocent people in acts of violence," he said.
President Gul offered his condolences to those who lost their beloved ones.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also released a message and strongly condemned the bomb attacks.
"I condemn these acts of terror targeting our innocent citizens on a busy avenue at a rush hour. Those who are responsible for these attacks will be brought to justice as soon as possible. Such attacks consolidate our determination in the fight against terrorism. I believe that our people will give the strongest response to these heinous attacks by strengthening their unity and solidarity," he said.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Besir Atalay went from Ankara to Istanbul.
"Our fight against this merciless terrorism will continue. No one can intimidate us," he said.
Atalay added that no one had claimed responsibility of the attacks yet.
Sixteen people including a three-year-old child were killed and 154 others were injured in two separate bomb attacks in Gungoren neighborhood of Istanbul on Sunday.
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