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6 killed, dozens wounded in explosion along popular Istanbul avenue

Istanbul — A bomb exploded on a serious pedestrian avenue in the center of Istanbul on Sunday, killing six individuals, wounding dozens and sending individuals fleeing as flames rose. 

At least 81 accidents have been reported thus far in reference to the blast, in response to authorities. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, whereas visiting the location of the explosion, informed reporters that the blast is taken into account a terrorist act and {that a} girl was behind the assault, in response to state information company Anadolu. Derya Yanik, the Turkish minister of household and social providers, stated in a tweet that one in all her colleagues and his daughter had been two of the individuals killed in the explosion.

Footage posted on-line confirmed ambulances, fireplace vehicles and police on the scene on Istiklal Avenue, a popular thoroughfare lined with outlets and eating places that results in the long-lasting Taksim Square. In one video, a loud bang might be heard and flames seen as pedestrians turned and ran away.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to as the blast a “treacherous attack” and stated its perpetrators could be punished.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated the U.S. “strongly condemns the act of violence that took place” in Istanbul.

“Our thoughts are with those who were injured and our deepest condolences go to those who lost loved ones. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our NATO Ally Turkiye in countering terrorism,” Jean-Pierre stated in an announcement.

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of NATO, additionally responded to information of the explosion and stated the group “stands in solidarity” with Turkey.

“Shocking images from #Istanbul,” Stoltenberg tweeted. “My thoughts and deepest condolences to all those affected & to the Turkish people. #NATO stands in solidarity with our Ally #Türkiye.”

In addition to the six individuals killed, Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya initially tweeted that one other 53 had been wounded — casualty counts that Erdogan additionally gave. Yerlikaya later informed state information that the quantity had grown to 81, as did (*6*) and Oktay, Anadolu reported.

Explosion in central Istanbul's Taksim area
Police and emergency service members work on the scene after an explosion on busy pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 13, 2022.

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Erdogan didn’t say who was behind the assault, however he stated it had the “smell of terror” with out providing particulars and likewise including that was not completely sure but. He stated investigations had been ongoing by the police and the governor’s office, together with reviewing footage of the realm. Speaking at a information convention held forward of his departure to Indonesia for the G20 summit, Erdogan stated that early observations counsel a girl was concerned in the assault, and informed reporters that whomever is accountable can be recognized, in response to Anadolu.

Turkey was hit by a string of lethal bombings between 2015 and 2017 by the Islamic State group and outlawed Kurdish teams. More than 500 civilians and safety personnel had been killed in the assaults.

Turkey’s media watchdog imposed non permanent restrictions on reporting on the explosion — a transfer that bans the usage of close-up movies and pictures of the blast and its aftermath. The Supreme Council of Radio and Television has imposed comparable bans in the previous, following assaults and accidents.

Access to some content material on Twitter and different social media websites, equivalent to movies, was restricted.

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