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12 January, 2016

At least 10 killed, 15 wounded in suicide bombing near tourists on central Istanbul square

At least 10 people have been killed and 15 injured on a historic central square in Istanbul, Turkish authorities said. Local media reported that a suicide bomber blew himself up near a group of tourists.

Dogan reported that one of three injured foreigners is from Germany and the two others are from Norway.

There was a group of German tourists on the square at the time of the blasts, an official from a tour company told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The explosion took place on Sultanahmet Square. It occurred close to the Sultanahmet tram stop and Dikilitas, the Obelisk of Theodosius, in the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district.

Istanbul authorities are investigating the incident and the type of the explosives used in the blast, the governor’s office said. A Turkish official told AFP on condition of anonymity that "terrorist links are suspected” in the fatal incident.


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