ISTANBUL – Turkish media reported on Sunday that an explosion on Istanbul’s popular pedestrianized Istiklal Avenue injured a number of people.
Video posted online showed erupting flames and a loud bang, as pedestrians turned and fled.
Other footage showed ambulances, fire engines and police at the scene. The cause of the explosion was unclear. Social media users said shops had been closed and the avenue had been closed.
Broadcaster CNN Turk said 11 people were injured. The avenue is a crowded thoroughfare popular with tourists and locals, lined with shops and restaurants. The explosion occurred around 4:20 p.m. (1:30 p.m. GMT).