Istanbul shopping area hit by suicide bomber

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Source: BBC

A suicide bomb attack at a busy shopping area in the Turkish city of Istanbul has killed at least four people, officials say.

Three Israelis and an Iranian died, Turkish media reports. Another 36 people were injured in the blast near a government building on Istiklal Street.

No-one has admitted carrying out the attack, the latest in recent months.

The Turkish government has blamed Kurdish militants for previous attacks and has retaliated against them.

Saturday’s attack in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, occurred at about 11:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

Uwes Shehadeh was some 500m (1,640ft) away when he heard “a horrific and horrible noise”.

“People didn’t know what was going on. It was very chaotic. Everyone was screaming and running away,” he told the BBC.

“Istanbul is on high alert and people are very worried as to what will happen next.”

Eleven Israelis were among the injured. Two Irish citizens, one national each from Germany, Iceland, Dubai and Iran were also wounded.

Both the so-called Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish militants have claimed recent attacks in Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said terror groups are targeting civilians because they are losing their struggle against Turkish security forces.

Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against IS and allows coalition planes to use its air base at Incirlik for raids on Iraq and Syria.

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3 replies

  1. Do you think Turkey Government can stop the suicide Bomb in Turkey?
    No, as long as Turkey continue to oppress religious and Kurdish minority and still support the armed rebels in Syria, this suicide bomb will not stop..more people will be killed and suffered.

    The fruition of decade of hate teaching between extremist Sunni and extremist shite is coming to the fruition.

    • I think what is happening in Turkey also proves that there is little truth in Shia Sunni strive. It is power politics. The Kurds are Sunni, the Turks are Sunni. So?

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