At least four people have been killed, including a suicide bomber, and 20 wounded after an explosion in central Istanbul, reported local Turkish media outlets including CNN Turk.
Casualties there at Istanbul blast site Turkey pic.twitter.com/oii72EvPBd
— Khalid Khan™ (@khalidkhan787) March 19, 2016
The bombing, which occurred near Taksim Square, struck the city’s busiest pedestrian and shopping street that includes restaurants, shops, bars, clubs and other stores and services.
Breaking: Video shows panic after apparent explosion on or near central Istanbul’s Istiklal Street https://t.co/FyEQYLT8UM
— Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) March 19, 2016
Last week, a car bomb in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara left at least 37 dead and 75 wounded. The explosion occurred in central areas of the city and comes after a number of bomb attacks that have rocked Turkey’s capital, the most deadly of which was an attack against a peace demonstration in October which killed 103 people.