Explosion on Istiklal Avenue kills 4: NPR

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Security and ambulances rushed to the scene of an explosion on Istanbul’s famous pedestrianized Istiklal Avenue on Sunday. At least four people were killed.

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Explosion On Istiklal Avenue Kills 4: Npr

Security and ambulances rushed to the scene of an explosion on Istanbul’s famous pedestrianized Istiklal Avenue on Sunday. At least four people were killed.

Francisco Seco/AP

ISTANBUL — At least four people have been killed and 38 others injured in an explosion on Istanbul’s most notorious shopping street.

There was no immediate explanation or claim of responsibility for the explosion that rocked Istiklal Avenue on Sunday. Five prosecutors have been assigned to investigate the blast, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Online videos show bodies lying on the road. Turkey’s media watchdog has imposed a temporary ban on reporting on the blast – a move that prevents broadcasters from airing videos of the time of the blast or its aftermath. The Supreme Radio and Television Council has imposed similar bans in the past, following attacks and accidents.

Istanbul has already been the scene of attacks. On New Year’s Day in 2017, a gunman shot and killed 39 people in a nightclub. Nearly 80 other people were also injured. In 2003, a series of suicide bombings were carried out using trucks at four locations in the city.

Material from The Associated Press has been included in this report.

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