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Explosion kills ten in Istanbul square: Updated

12 January 2016

An explosion which occured today in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet Square, has killed 10 people and wounded at least 15 others, Istanbul governor’s office has said.

CNN Türk reports that the explosion occurred by the obelisk of Theodosius in the touristic Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul’s Fatih district.

Tourists were among the victims of the explosion, reports indicate, while wounded persons were transferred to nearby hospitals, mainly Haseki Training and Research Hospital.

Crime scene investigation teams and a bomb squad launched a helicopter investigation into the explosion.

Trams between Beyazıt and Eminönü stops were temporarily halted while the environs of Sultanahmet Square was closed to traffic.

The explosion was loud enough to be heard in neighbouring districts, the CNN Türk reported, quoting witnesses.

A number of ambulances, police and fire trucks have been deployed to the scene.

Update: Six German citizens, one Norwegian and one Peruvian were among the three wounded people rushed to the Haseki Hospital, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Hurriyet, DNA

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