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Erdogan condemns ‘treacherous’ deadly attack in Istanbul

At least six were killed and over 50 injured in an explosion in the heart of Türkiye’s largest city, the president said

The explosion in Istanbul on Sunday was likely a terrorist attack, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The blast on the iconic Istiklal Avenue, a busy pedestrian street in the historic center of the city, killed six people and left at least 53 injured, Erdogan told a media conference.

“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,” the president said.

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Security and ambulances at the scene after an explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Avenue, on November 13, 2022.
Explosion rocks central Istanbul

Erdogan condemned the “treacherous attack” and vowed to bring those behind the blast to justice, adding that early information indicated that “a woman” played a role in the explosion. While the president did not elaborate on the matter, video footage circulating on social media – which has not been officially verified – suggests the explosion was allegedly a suicide bombing.

The Turkish leader said authorities were currently working to find the culprits behind the deadly attack.

“Efforts to defeat Turkey and the Turkish people through terrorism will fail today just as they did yesterday and as they will fail again tomorrow,” Erdogan said.

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