Explosion on Istanbul main pedestrian thoroughfare: According to Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya, an explosion on the city’s main pedestrian artery, Istiklal Avenue, resulted in 6 deaths and 53 injuries. In a previous tweet, he mentioned that the explosion happened around 4:20 PM and that there were fatalities and injuries, but he did not specify how many. Uncertainty surrounded the explosion’s source.
Explosion on Istanbul main pedestrian thoroughfare: Key Points
- A video that was uploaded online shows pedestrians turning and fleeing as flames burst out and there was a loud bang.
- Police, fire vehicles, and ambulances could be seen at the scene in further video.
- Users on social media claimed that the avenue was closed and that stores had closed.
- CNN Turk reported that 11 persons had injuries.
- The avenue is a busy road that both locals and visitors frequent, and it is flanked with stores and eateries.
- Between 2015 and 2017, both the illegal Kurdish factions and the Islamic State group attacked Turkey with a series of deadly attacks.
Turkish president Erdogan also confirmed the number of deaths and wounded people.
The death toll as a result of the explosion in Istanbul has risen to 6 and wounded to 53, Turkish President Erdogan said. pic.twitter.com/FMa6IbKLfQ
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) November 13, 2022
6 dead, 53 injured in Explosion in Istanbul
- Turkish media said that a powerful explosion was heard on Sunday in a crowded area in the centre of Istanbul and that there had been injuries.
- The television network NTV stated that the explosion happened just after 4:00 pm.
- People can be seen strolling on the busy street during the explosion in videos posted on social media.
- Following a huge blast, it is clear that the pedestrians are running for cover.
- A CCTV video captures people walking along as an explosion shakes the bustling roadway.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said that, “Today, at around 16.20, an explosion occurred in Taksim Istiklal Street in our Beyoglu district. Our police, health, fire and AFAD teams were sent to the scene. There are casualties and injuries. Developments will be shared with the public.”