Blast in central Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square

| Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 17:23
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A powerful explosion today rocked Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul. The target of the explosion was the Sultanahmet Square in central Istanbul. This Square, a popular tourist spot is close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Many casualties including some German tourists are reported to be among the injured. Fire brigades and ambulances have reached the spot and the victims are being provided first-aid and treatment.

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The local authorities in Istanbul are suspecting that the blast may have been carried out by a suicide bomber. So far no group or organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to media reports, the powerful blast could be heard in other districts of the city also. Istanbul's Sultanahmet square is adjacent to residential and commercial areas and is right next to the Blue Mosque.

Police and official vehicles have rushed to the spot and people are being blocked from going towards the explosion site. As per initial reports, at least 5-10 lives have been lost with several injured.

In October last year, more than 100 people were killed in multiple blasts that rocked Turkey’s capital Ankara.

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