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Blast in Istanbul tourist district: 10 people killed, at least 15 wounded

An explosion occurred in Istanbul’s touristic Sultanahmet Square, killing 10 while wounding at least 15, Turkish officials said
Blast in Istanbul tourist district: 10 people killed, at least 15 wounded

January 12, the explosion occurred by the obelisk of Theodosius in the touristic Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul’s Fatih district, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Hurriyet Daily News.

According to Istanbul’s governor’s office, 10 people have been killed in the explosion, at least 15 wounded.  Some of hospitalized are in critical condition as there are fears that the death toll might increase.

Three Turkish victims were brought to a hospital in Samatya, the edition reported citing CNN Turk information, with one currently in surgery.

Çapa Hospital was cited as the hospital where most of the victims are being treated, though a clear number has not been provided.

Three German tourists with light wounds were reported to be at Cerrahpaşa Hospital.

Crime scene investigation teams and a bomb squad launched a helicopter investigation into the explosion.

No group has claimed responsibility yet. There have been claims that an alleged Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) bomber blew himself/herself among a tourist group while the authorities refuted those claims.