Thursday, May 26, 2011

At least one seriously injured in a bomb blast in Istanbul

Istanbul / Barcelona (Editorial / Agencies) .- Early in the Turkish police on Thursday confirmed the explosion of a bomb of unknown origin and that has not yet been claimed Etiler residential district of Istanbul, Turkey on a street full of shops. The blast occurred, according to preliminary information from a police officer Etiler district, at a bus stop and would have caused serious injuries to seven people, according to the French television channel France24 on information accessed by La Vanguardia.

com. Initial investigations indicate that it was a bomb strapped to an electric bike as confirmed by the Istanbul police chief. Hüseyin Capkin, reports from Istanbul correspondent of The VanguardiaRicardo Ginés. Only two of the injuries are serious, one of them has lost a leg. One of the injured was a policeman.

Five vehicles have been damaged by the explosion. The police, according to news agency Bloomberg, has evacuated the area around the bridge Etiler district because of the explosion in this area of the largest and most populous city of Turkey. The evacuation has been produced to identify and locate the exact site of the explosion and the possibility of occurrence of a second explosion, reports the Turkish network NTV news.

Security forces are on alert as there has been an increase in extremist activity in recent weeks related to the historic Kurdish separatist insurgency. The blast site was cordoned off while forensic teams scoured the area, with lots of police cars and ambulances parked nearby. According to a resident of the area, the explosion occurred at about nine o'clock (06:00 GMT).

"It was like a shot. It was like an explosion," said Tuncay Ozdemircan told Reuters Television. "When I looked out the window, I saw smoke coming out yellow and white, and I thought it was a bomb," he said.

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