Central Istanbul Blast Kills At least 10
Published 12 January 2016
Turkish authorities say at least 10 people have been killed in an explosion in the center of Istanbul. The Istanbul governor's office said 15 other people were wounded in the blast, which occurred on January 12 in Sultanahmet district, a major tourist attraction. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says a person of Syrian origin is thought to have been responsible for the blast. The Sultanahmet neighborhood is Istanbul's main sightseeing area and includes the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque.
Police secure the area after the explosion, with bodies seen on the sidewalk where they fell.
The area where the blast occurred is near Istanbul's main sightseeing area and includes the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque.
A member of a Turkish SWAT team stands guard on a nearby building.