This morning I was set to head down to Taksim for some errands and sketching, but decided to stay home and work on a drawing instead. At around 10:30 this morning, a suicide bomber, in an apparent attack on the police stationed near the Taksim monument, detonated a device which not only killed himself, but injured seventeen civilians and fifteen police officers.
I will never understand the desire to harm another human being. I believe nothing can be solved by violence, and news of this attack deeply saddens me. I love this city, and to think of someone so angry—for whatever reason— inflicting harm and terror upon its people... it just makes me sick to my stomach. My heart goes out to the people who have been hurt, both physically and emotionally by this violence.
You can read more about the attack on the Hurriyet Daily News.