Turkey: Several killed in central Istanbul explosion

    Turkey: Several killed in central Istanbul explosion

    Jan 12, Ankara: Several people have been killed in an explosion in a district of Istanbul popular with tourists, local media reports said.

    According to the Turkish media reports, the explosion occurred just after 10:00 local time in the city's historic Sultanahmet district, close to the Blue Mosque.

    Ambulances rushed to the scene and police have sealed off the area.

    Some local reports suggest the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber.

    In recent months there have been sporadic attacks by a far left wing group in Istanbul, while violence has soared between Turkish forces and PKK
    Kurdish militants, mainly in southeast Turkey, after a ceasefire broke down, BBC news said.

    Turkey has also been hit by bomb attacks blamed by prosecutors on the so-called Islamic State group. Two suicide blasts in the capital Ankara in
    October killed more than 100 people and more than 30 people were killed in an attack near the border with Syria in July.

    The Oslo Times


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