13 Nov 2022

Turkey: Capital Istanbul Rocked By Bomb Attack, 6 Killed, Over 50 Wounded

Istanbul (Turkey): Turkey capital Istanbul was rocked by a bomb attack at a busy tourist place in Istanbul, killing six people and injuring 53. Frightening images and videos circulating on social media showed fear-stricken tourists running for cover after the Istiklal Street was covered with thick smoke after the explosions.

The blasts occurred at around 4.20 pm local time. The cause of the blast is not known yet. According to some media reports, an attack might have been carried out by a woman who was spotted running away after leaving a parcel on a bench moments before the explosion.

A suspected act of terrorism: Calling the blast a suspected act of terrorism, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference that efforts to take over Turkey and the Turkish nation through terrorism would not succeed.

According to images doing rounds on social media, a black crater was visible after the explosions rocked the Turkish capital. The police have established a large security cordon to prevent access to the damaged area for fear of a second explosion.

According to several internet watchdogs, the deadly blast has resulted in a temporary broadcast ban in the country, as access to Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook in Turkey was restricted after the explosion.

The police and fire department reached the incident site soon after the blast.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the incident site in several videos circulating on social media.

Shopkeepers looked stunned: Eyewitnesses said there was a heavy police presence around Istiklal Street, which had been cordoned off. Many shopkeepers standing in their doorways on the normally bustling street looked stunned. The incident will have come as a shock to many in the city.

The blast occurred at a time when Erdogan was scheduled to embark for the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

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