Explosion hits central Istanbul, 5 killed

A blast ripped through Istanbul’s Istiklal Street on Saturday.

Witnesses on the scene said the explosion was very fierce.

Local officials confirmed it was a suicide bombing attack, noting that the attacker is among the dead.

Turkey’s Health Ministry said 5 people died and 36 were wounded in the attack, among them 12 foreigners.

The police have cordoned off and evacuated the entire street, and all shops were closed.

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