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Istanbul Blast


At least six people were killed and more than 80 wounded after a Sunday explosion along one of Istanbul's busiest streets. As of this writing, no motive for the attack has been identified, though Turkish officials suggested the blast appeared to be an act of terrorism.

Istanbul is Europe's most populous city, with more than 15 million residents—if confirmed, the explosion would mark the city's worst terrorist attack since a 2017 nightclub shooting left 39 patrons dead. The blast occurred along İstiklal Avenue (see 101), home to stretch of historic buildings, shops, and cultural institutions, and one of the city's most trafficked arteries. It also occurred on the city's European side—or west of the Bosporus, a straight that flows through the city's center.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion. See CCTV footage from the moment of the blast here (warning: sensitive content).

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