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Explosion in the heart of Turkey’s Istanbul kills 8, wounds 81

Explosion in the heart of Turkey’s Istanbul kills 8, wounds 81
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Monday, 14 November, 2022, 13:24

At least eight people have been killed and 81 others wounded when an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul, in what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called a bomb attack that “smells like terrorism”.

Speaking before his departure to the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Indonesia on Sunday, Erdogan said the explosion was a “treacherous attack” and pledged that its perpetrators would be punished.

“Our people can rest assured that the culprits behind the attack will be punished as they deserve,” he said at a press conference, adding that initial information suggested “a woman played a part” in it.

“It would be wrong to say this is undoubtedly a terrorist attack, but the initial developments and initial intelligence from my governor is that it smells like terrorism,” Erdogan said.

Explosion in the heart of Turkey’s Istanbul kills 8, wounds 81