ISTANBUL (Staff Report) – At least eleven people died while another thirty six were left injured when an explosion struck central Istanbul’s Vezneciler district on Tuesday.
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As many as seven of the dead belonged to Turkey’s Police Department.
According to CNN Turk, the blast took place near a bus stop in the early morning rush hour. The original target of the explosion was a police vehicle that was passing by the location.
İstanbul Vezneciler’de bomba yüklü araç patlatıldı. 5 yaralı olduğu söyleniyor. pic.twitter.com/Z4WfjxG5wc
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İstanbul Vezneciler’de patlama yerine ait olduğu söylenen fotoğraflar pic.twitter.com/0X5aPEaEUi
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Rescue teams and law enforcement agencies rushed to the blast site immediately. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital but their condition has not yet been determined.
Initial investigations revealed that the devastation was caused by a car bomb, which could also have had a suicide attacker inside.
None of the terrorist groups has claimed responsibility for the attack, immediately.