According to the local governor and released videos, Sunday’s explosion on a busy pedestrian street in the heart of Istanbul killed at least one person, hurt many others, and sent people running away from the powerful blast. Follow hitsbuddy for latest news.
The scene was swiftly sealed off by police on the packed Istiklal Avenue, where numerous ambulances had gathered. According to TRT and other news sources, Beyoglu was as congested as usual with shoppers, visitors, and families
Explosion Video on Istiklal Street
According to the state-run Anadolu Agency, the cause of the explosion has not yet been identified.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya reported through Twitter that there were fatalities and injuries and that the explosion occurred at approximately 4.20 p.m. local time (1320 GMT).
A Reuters reporter saw a helicopter flying over Taksim Square, which had a lot of ambulances around it.
According to Reuters, all workers were there, but the neighbouring Kasimpasa police station supplied no additional details. According to the local media, inspectors were present. The Turkish Red Crescent reported that blood was being distributed to surrounding hospitals.
About an hour after the explosion, Turkey’s RTUK regulator put limits on how the event could be talked about.
Azra Ceylan, Jonathan Spicer, and David Gauthier-Villars contributed to the reporting. Gareth Jones and Elaine Hardcastle edited the material.