By Our Correspondent
Istanbul: Seven people were perished, a dozen others wounded following a blast in Istanbul’s iconic Istiklal Street, according to Turkish media.
Television footage showed a powerful blast ripped through busy street in the Afternoon. Seven people were killed at the spot while a dozen others received multiple injuries. Injured were rushed to nearby hospital.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself confirmed the news of blast saying the blast can be act of terrorism.
Local media reports suggested the blast occurred around 4:20 pm local time (1320 GMT) in the Turkish capital’s Beyoglu district on Sunday. Based on initial information from Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya, Erdogan said the explosion could be an act of terrorism.
“Türkiye will not bow down to terrorism. We will identify all those responsible for the attack. Our nation should be sure that the perpetrators of the incident on Istiklal Street will be punished as they deserve,” TRT quoted Erdogan as saying.
Earlier, Yerlikaya said on Twitter that the wounded are currently being treated.
“We wish God’s mercy on those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the injured. The developments will be shared with the public,” TRT quoted Yerlikaya as saying.
The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the explosion. Five public prosecutors were appointed.
“All institutions and organisations of our state are conducting a fast, meticulous and effective investigation regarding the incident,” Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun said.
In addition, a broadcast ban was issued by the Istanbul Criminal Court of Peace for all visual and audio news and social networking sites related to the explosion.
“We invite media organisations to be responsible, not to rely on misleading content sourced from social media, and to take the statements of relevant public authorities as a basis,” Altun added.
Footage showed ambulances, fire trucks and police at the scene. Police teams took security measures in the area where the explosion happened.
Social media users said shops were shuttered and the avenue closed down.