Twenty-year-old Burak Yavuz carried out suicide bombing, Istanbul police say.

Representatives of foreign missions hold wreaths at the scene of blasts in Istanbul, Turkey, December 12, 2016.
Representatives of foreign missions hold wreaths at the scene of blasts in Istanbul, Turkey, December 12, 2016.

Police in Turkey have identified a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside Besiktas football stadium last week that killed 44 people and injured dozens of others.

Istanbul's anti-terror police said the suicide bomber was 20-year-old Burak Yavuz from the Turkish city of Sanliurfa, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

On Saturday night, a car bomb exploded outside the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul's Besiktas district, followed within a minute by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park.

TAK, an offshoot of the PKK terror group, claimed responsibility for the attacks. It had also claimed responsibility for a number of other attacks in Turkey this year, including two bombings in Ankara in February and March which combined killed at least 67 people.

Source: AA