A massive explosion occurred on Sunday in the crowded Istiklal Avenue of the Turkish city of Istanbul. Six people died in this incident and many others were injured. Turkish media gave this information. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the blast a “horrendous attack”. He said those responsible for the attack would be punished severely.
Erdoğan did not give any information about those responsible for the attack. However, he said that the incident “smells of terrorism”, but it has not been confirmed yet. The video footage of the incident is also going viral on social media. In this, people are seen running after a blast.
Video going viral on social media
Erdoğan, who left for Indonesia on Sunday to attend the G-20 summit, said that six people had lost their lives in the attack. Turkey’s Vice President Fuet Okte said that 81 people were injured, two of whom are in critical condition.
He said it appears to be a terrorist attack. There was chaos after the explosion on Istiklal Avenue on Sunday. Several videos of the incident were circulated on social media. However, Turkey’s media watchdog has temporarily suspended “reporting” of the explosion. The move will prevent broadcasters from showing videos during and after the blast.
The Supreme Council of Radio and Television has imposed such restrictions in the past after attacks and accidents. Significantly, there were several explosions in Turkey between 2015 and 2017, many of which were carried out by the Islamic State and Kurdish groups.