At least 10 killed as ‘suicide bomber’ hits Istanbul tourist hub

By AFP

ISTANBUL: At least 10 people were killed after an explosion rocked a central Istanbul square on Tuesday, and several others were wounded, Turkey’s Haberturk television said.

The Hurriyet daily quoted Istanbul’s governor’s office saying that 10 people have been killed while at least 15 people have been reported wounded in the explosion near Sultanahmet square of Istanbul’s Fatih district.

“Investigations into the cause of the explosion, the type of explosion and perpetrator or perpetrators are underway,” Istanbul’s governor’s office said in a statement quoted by the Dogan news agency.

Tourists were also reported among the victims of the explosion.

State-run TRT television reported that Turkish police officials have confirmed the explosion was a suicide bombing with several dead.

Private NTV television said the explosion was close to a park that is home to a landmark obelisk. The state-run Anadolu Agency says several police and medics were sent to the area.

Police sealed the area, barring people from approaching in case of a second explosion.

“We’re taking precautions against a second explosion,” a police officer said, ushering people out of the square.

The Sultanahmet neighborhood is Istanbul’s main sight-seeing area and includes the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.

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