At least six dead and 53 injured in terrorist attack in Istanbul

A terrorist bomb attack caused at least 6 deaths and 53 injuries on Sunday in the central Istiklal street in Istanbul, confirmed the president of Turkey, the conservative Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“There are people who have been killed in a bomb attack at 4:20 p.m. (1:20 p.m. GMT) in Istiklal. I offer my condolences to the dead and my wishes for recovery to the injured. The state will find the organizers of this terrorist attack," Erdogan said in an appearance on TRT public television.

“The people can be sure that the aggressors will be punished. Four people died at the scene and two in the hospital; there are six dead and 53 wounded according to the latest information,” added the president.

Turkish authorities have banned news stations from reporting on the incident and police have cordoned off the scene.

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