Istanbul, strong explosion in a pedestrian street in the Taksim district: at least 6 dead and 53 injured. Erdogan: “A cowardly attack”

A bomb hidden inside a bag was detonated in one of the busiest streets of Istanbul provoking at least 6 dead and 53 wounded. What the president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has already defined “a cowardly attack” it took place at 4.20 pm local time (2.20 pm Italian time). Istikal Caddesipedestrian artery famous for its shops which starts from Taksim square and winds towards the Galata Tower. “The first findings indicate that a woman he played a part in all of this, ”added the president and the governor Ali Yerlikaya on Twitter he was among the first to confirm that there are “many dead and wounded”.

According to the news site mynetsecurity forces are analyzing security camera recordings to determine where it would be located a bag, filled with explosives, by a passerby. In the videos released on social networks – some taken by surveillance cameras – we see the instant of the explosion on the pedestrian street, with the bomb hidden under a bench, which apparently took place in the midst of passers-by and immediately after bloodied bodies on the ground. The street it is among the most popular in Istanbul, full of bars and restaurants and populated by many foreigners. The football match was postponed in the evening Besiktas-Antalyaspor valid for the Turkish championship and scheduled tonight in the metropolis sul Bosphorus. The Besiktas stadium is located just two kilometers away from the blast area. According to local reporters, the government has limited the use of Internet and gods social network to limit the dissemination of images for propaganda purposes.

“Terrible images from Istanbul,” commented the Italian foreign minister Antonio Tajani. “Italy expresses closeness to the Turkish government and people and its heartfelt condolences for the innocent victims. Our crisis unit is monitoring the situation and contacting our compatriots”.

Between 2015 and 2016 numerous terrorist attacks organized mainly by theIsis they hit Istanbul. And the 10 March 2016 an attack caused a massacre right on Istiklal Street, the commercial heart of Taksim: a suicide terrorist blew himself up in front of the district governor’s office, causing 5 deaths and 36 injuries, including 12 foreign tourists. Two of the victims had dual American and Israeli nationality. On March 22, the Interior Ministry said investigations had concluded that the Islamic State had organized the attack.

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