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A Mysterious City Explosion Kills Several People and Injures Many

A mysterious city explosion kills several people and injures many as the president of Turkey said that an explosion on a busy pedestrian street in the center of Istanbul has killed at least six people and hurt 81 others.

Daisy-Mae Schmitt
Nov 14, 2022174 Shares34701 Views
A mysterious city explosion kills several people and injures manyas the president of Turkey said that an explosion on a busy pedestrian street in the center of Istanbul has killed at least six people and hurt 81 others.
People ran away after the explosion on Istiklal Avenue in the Taksim neighborhood. A video of flames and a loud bang was posted online.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the explosion was a "bomb attack" and that it killed six people and hurt 53 others.
Before he left for the G20 summit in Indonesia, Mr. Erdogan called the explosion a "treasonous attack" and said that the people who did it would be punished.
Mr. Erdogan said,
Efforts to defeat Turkey and the Turkish people through terrorism will fail today just as they did yesterday and as they will fail again tomorrow. Our people can rest assured that the culprits behind the attack will be punished as they deserve.- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
He also said that based on what they knew so far, "a woman was involved" in the attack.
"It would be wrong to say this is undoubtedly a terrorist attack but the initial developments and initial intelligence from my governor is that it smells like terrorism."
Ali Yerlikaya, the governor of Istanbul, also sent out a tweet: "We wish God's mercy on those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the injured."
He said the bomb went off around 4:20pm local time (1.20pm GMT).
The state TV station TRT showed videos of ambulances and police cars on their way to the scene.
Security operatives standing beside an ambulance at the explosion area
Security operatives standing beside an ambulance at the explosion area
Restaurant worker Mehmet Akus said,
When I heard the explosion, I was petrified, people froze, looking at each other. Then people started running away. What else can you do. My relatives called me, they know I work on Istiklal. I reassured them.- Restaurant worker Mehmet Akus
No one knew right away what caused the blast.
The explosion is being looked into by five prosecutors, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. No one has said they were behind the attack.

Conclusion

About an hour after the blast happened, the RTUK, which is in charge of media in Turkey, put a ban on coverage of the event. It stops broadcasters from showing videos of the explosion or what happened after it happened.
Istiklal Avenue is a pedestrian street with shops and restaurants that is popular with both tourists and people who live there.
Between 2015 and 2017, Islamic State and illegal Kurdish groups set off several bombs that killed people in Turkey.
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