On Sunday afternoon, a strong explosion was heard on Istiklal shopping street in the center of the big city.
At least six people were killed and dozens injured in an attack that targeted the beating heart of Istanbul, Turkey’s main city and economic capital, on Sunday. The powerful blast occurred around 16:20 (13:20 GMT) at a particularly busy time in this popular walking area for Istanbul residents and tourists.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a live statement to the press and television.a nasty attack“Who Did”6 people died and 53 people were injured“. “The first observations indicate a terrorist act“the head of state added”a woman would participate“, without further details. Immediately after the explosion, there were rumors of a suicide attack without any confirmation or evidence.
It was not possible to launch an attack in the evening. “The perpetrators of this despicable attack will be revealed. Let our people be sure that (they) will be punishedIn 2015-2016, he promised Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who faced a terrorist campaign across the country. Some 500 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured, partly claimed by the Islamic State group. According to the preliminary assessment of Istanbul governor Ali Yerlikaya, there are 4 dead and 38 wounded.
Fearing a second blast, police immediately set up a wide security cordon to prevent access to the damaged area. An AFP videographer noted that the attractive deployment of security forces also blocked all entrances to the neighborhood and adjacent streets. “I was 50-55 m away, suddenly there was an explosion. I saw three or four people on the ground“, witness Cemal Denizci, 57, told AFP.
“People were running in panic. The noise was great. There was black smoke. The sound was so loud it was almost deafening“, he informed. According to the images circulated on social networks at the time of the explosion, it was heard from afar, accompanied by flames, which immediately caused panic. In these images, a large black crater can be seen with several fallen bodies lying nearby.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu quickly went to the scene: “Istiklal rescue teams informed me. They continue their work in coordination with the policehe expressed his condolences to the victims and their relatives on his Twitter page. In the neighboring Galata district, many shops lowered their curtains early. An AFP journalist noted that some passers-by who ran away from the explosion site had tears in their eyes.
Distribution of images is prohibited
When night fell, the terraces of the restaurants in this very touristic district were partially empty. The Audiovisual High Council of Turkey (RTÜK) immediately banned audiovisual media from broadcasting images from the scene.prevent fear, panic and disorder in society and serve the purposes of (risk) terrorist organizations“.
“All institutions and organizations in our country are conducting prompt, thorough and effective investigation of the incident.promised in his statement. Emotion is very strong in Istanbul, it has already been hit hard in the past. The games of the big football clubs of Istanbul, including “Galatasaray”, have been cancelled. Istiklal Street, meaning “independenceIn the historical district of Beyoğlu, one of the most famous streets of Istanbul, 1.4 km long, is completely reserved for pedestrians. Crossed by an old tram lined with shops and restaurants, this tramway is used by around 3 million people every weekend.
He had already suffered a suicide attack in March 2016 that killed five people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greece, where Ankara’s relations are strainedunequivocally condemns terrorism and offers sincere condolences to the government and people of Turkey“.
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