Six people were killed and 53 others were wounded on Sunday in an explosion that rocked a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul, sending people running from the fiery blast, according to the Turkish president.
Ambulances rushed to the scene on the packed Istiklal Avenue, which police quickly cordoned off. The area, in the city’s Beyoglu district, had been crowded as usual with shoppers, tourists and families, TRT and other media reported.
State-owned Anadolu agency said the cause of the blast was not yet known.
❗️An explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) November 13, 2022
The moment of the explosion on Istiklal Street in Istanbul. There are casualties among passers-by. pic.twitter.com/kuhw9VWmVa
A Reuters reporter saw a helicopter overhead and several ambulances in nearby Taksim Square.
���� — NEW FOOTAGE: CCTV video shows the moment of the explosion at Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey. It seems the explosion was caused by a bag left on a bench. pic.twitter.com/EIW4oeNuhw— Belaaz News (@TheBelaaz) November 13, 2022