Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned an explosion on Istiklal Avenue, main pedestrian thoroughfare in in Istanbul was brought on by a “bomb assault.” Six folks have died.
Talking earlier than his departure to the G-20 summit in Indonesia on Sunday, Erdogan mentioned the explosion was a “treacherous assault” and its perpetrators can be punished.
4 folks died on the scene and two within the hospital, Erdogan mentioned. One other 53 had been wounded, based on info he acquired from the Istanbul governor.
A video posted on-line confirmed flames erupting and a loud bang, as pedestrians turned and ran away. Different footage confirmed ambulances, hearth vans and police on the scene. Social media customers mentioned outlets had been shuttered and the avenue closed down.
Broadcaster CNN Turk mentioned 11 folks had been injured. The avenue is a crowded thoroughfare fashionable with vacationers and locals, lined by outlets and eating places. Turkey was hit by a string of lethal bombings between 2015 and 2017 by the Islamic State group and outlawed Kurdish teams.