Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.
An explosion in the heart of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet tourist district killed at least ten people and wounded 15 on Tuesday and some local media reports said a suicide bomber may have been responsible.
Several bodies lay on the ground in the Sultanahmet square, close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, a major tourist area of Turkey's most populous city. A police officer and witness at the scene reported also seeing several bodies and body parts.
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The Istanbul governor's office said the authorities were investigating the type of explosive used and who might have been responsible for the attack. It said ten people were killed and 15 wounded but gave no further details.
"The explosion was very loud. We shook a lot. We ran out and saw body parts," one woman who works at a nearby antiques store told Reuters, declining to give her name.
Turkey's AHaber television said the blast may have been caused by a suicide bomber but this was not independently confirmed.
Ambulances rushed to the scene, ferrying away the wounded as police cordoned off streets.
According to the Turkish news outlet Radikal, nine out of 10 victims were German nationals.
As noted, this information was later confirmed by the authorities during the press conference.