At least 10 killed, 15 injured following a bomb blast in Turkey today [ Photos ]
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January 12, 2016 ( Post 1 )
A massive explosion that rocked a square in the historic Sultanahmet district of the Turkish city of Istanbul today Tuesday, January 12 left at least 10 people dead and 15 others injured.
The Turkish authorities suspect a terror attack was the cause of the blast, a government official said, asking not to be named.
Turkey‚Äôs AHaber television said the blast may have been caused by a suicide bomber, but this was not independently confirmed.
Investigations were being conducted into the type of explosive which caused the blast and those responsible, the governor‚Äôs office statement said.
"The explosion was very loud. We shook a lot. We ran out and saw body parts," one woman who works at a nearby antiques store told Reuters, declining to give her name.
Several bodies lay on the ground in the square. A police officer and witness at the scene reported also seeing several bodies and body parts. Other reports said the authorities were studying the possibility the blast was caused by a suicide bomber.
"We‚Äôre taking precautions against a second explosion," the police officer said, ushering people out of the square.
Foreign tourists from Germany and Norway are among those wounded in the explosion, Turkey‚Äôs CNN Turk television said.
The Korea Herald also reported that an unidentified number of South Koreans were injured during the explosion.
A local tour guide told Yonhap news agency that two Koreans, including himself, suffered ‚Äúslight wounds‚ÄĚ such as on their fingers and ‚Äúseveral‚ÄĚ travelers from other countries were killed. "We heard an enormous blast as I briefed my clients at the square,‚ÄĚ the guide was quoted as saying.
Sources: News Agencies
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