‘Several injured’ in central Istanbul explosion

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by The News Editor

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An explosion in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district, which is popular with tourists, has injured several people, Turkish media reports said.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

The explosion was close to a park that is home to a landmark obelisk, according to reports. Several police and medics were sent to the area.

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

The Sultanahmet neighbourhood is Istanbul’s main sightseeing area and includes the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.

Turkey suffered two major bombing attacks last year.

More than 30 people were killed in an Islamic State (IS) suicide attack in the town of Suruc, near Turkey’s border with Syria, in July.

Two suicide bombs in October outside Ankara’s main train station as people gathered for a peace rally killed more than 100 people. It was Turkey’s deadliest attack.

The prosecutor’s office said the attack was carried out by a local IS cell.

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by The News Editor

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