An explosion believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber has hit the popular Istiklal Street in central Istanbul’s Taksim square area. Government officials said at least five people were killed and 36 were injured – seven seriously – in Saturday morning’s explosion.
al-Jazeera The Israeli government confirmed that three of its citizens were among those killed. Iran later said that one of its citizens had also died.
The suspected suicide bomber is also believed to be among those killed. Twelve foreign citizens were among the wounded, including six Israelis, two Irish, one German, one Icelander, one Iranian and one Emirati.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Istiklal street is a long pedestrian thoroughfare that winds its way through the Beyoglu neighbourhood from Taksim Square. It is rimmed by hundreds of shops and would have been filled with pedestrians at the time of the explosion.
ISIS has carried out at least four bomb attacks on Turkey since June 2015, including a suicide bombing which killed 10 German tourists in central Istanbul in January.