Saturday, 19 March 2016

Suicide bomber kills 5, wounds 20 in popular Istanbul tourist area


At least four people have been confirmed dead and about 20 others wounded after an alleged suicide bomber targeted a tourist shopping area in Istanbul. Shocking CCTV footage shows shoppers cowering in shops and running away in panic as the explosion ripped through the street, which is lined with international stores and shopping centres.


The bomber, who was killed in the attack, was planning on detonating the device in a more crowed place but was deterred, officials revealed. The attack comes weeks after a car bombing earlier this month killed 37 people and injured 125 others in the country's capital, Ankara.


Four people have died and at least 20 are wounded after an alleged suicide bomber targeted a tourist shopping area in Istanbul. Above, the scene after the devastating attack 

Two men left lying on the floor after the explosion are spoken to by emergency service workers, as one of them clutches his leg

The street, which had been lined with flags and bunting prior to the attack, was flooded with police as they rushed to help the wounded after the attack 

A man who survived the bombing is helped by emergency services, who discovered him on the pavement after the attack 

A man is taken from the scene on a stretcher by some of the dozens of doctors and paramedics who arrived after the bomb

Emergency services are on scene following the explosion, which happened on a busy pedestrian street (above) lined with international stores and shopping centres

CCTV footage showed shoppers cowering in shops and running away in panic as the explosion ripped through the street, which is lined with international stores and shopping centres

A father and daughter flee the scene, where people have been left covered in blood as emergency services battle to help the wounded 

A man and a woman can be seen jumping a piece of police tape as they attempt to escape from the scene 

Some people took shelter behind the metal barrier of a shop as police arrived on the scene 

Police secure the area following the alleged suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district

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