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 6 dead and 53 wounded: the explosion in Istanbul was qualified as a terrorist act (photo, video)

Preliminarily, there are no Ukrainians among the victims. President Zelensky has already expressed condolences to the Turkish people.

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The death toll from the explosion, which took place on one of Istanbul's busiest streets, has risen. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported six dead and 53 injured. Reported by Yeni Safak.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the incident a “heinous attack” and said the perpetrators would be punished.

In a televised statement, he said: “Our people must be confident that those responsible for the incident on Istiklal Street will receive the punishment they deserve. To my knowledge, a woman was involved in the incident.”

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6 dead and 53 injured: explosion in Istanbul qualified as a terrorist attack (photo, video)

6 dead and 53 injured: explosion in Istanbul qualified as a terrorist attack (photo, video)

6 dead and 53 injured: explosion in Istanbul qualified as a terrorist attack (photo, video)

6 dead and 53 injured: explosion in Istanbul qualified as a terrorist attack (photo, video)

Turkish media have already reported that there is a video showing a woman sitting on a bench, then getting up, leaving her bag, after three minutes there is an explosion.

< p>The Istanbul Prosecutor General's Office has already qualified the explosion as a terrorist act.

Istiklal Street was closed to entry and exit by the police. Those who were on the street at the time of the explosion were evacuated from the area. Also now there are traffic jams at the entrance and exit from Istanbul.

Showcases of many shops on the street were knocked out. The townspeople, shocked by the explosion, took refuge in nearby shops.

Istanbul's Magistrates' Criminal Court has banned broadcasting of all news related to the explosion. “In connection with the explosion in Istanbul, a ban on broadcasting has been imposed. This is brought to the attention of all our media organizations,” the message says.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, there are no Ukrainians among the victims. It is known that the explosion occurred near the Russian consulate.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his condolences to the Turkish people in connection with the terrorist attack in Istanbul.

6 dead and 53 injured: explosion in Istanbul qualified as a terrorist attack (photo, video)

6 dead and 53 injured: explosion in Istanbul qualified as a terrorist attack (photo, video)

“The pain of the friendly Turkish people is our pain,” the Ukrainian president wrote on Twitter.