Explosion in Istanbul kills one, gas leak suspected

Published June 12th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
An explosion occurred in an unoccupied apartment in Istanbul's Cihangir neighborhood on June 12, 2016. (Twitter/CNN Turk)
An explosion occurred in an unoccupied apartment in Istanbul's Cihangir neighborhood on June 12, 2016. (Twitter/CNN Turk)

An explosion Sunday in central Istanbul has killed one person and injured another after a suspected gas leak, Reuters and CNN Turk reported.

The body of a street vendor was found by emergency workers at the scene outside an apartment building in the upscale Cihangir district.

A taxi driver was also injured due to falling cement hitting his car, CNN Turk added.

The explosion occurred in an unoccupied apartment, and emergency workers said it was too early to know the cause of the explosion.

Istanbul and other cities in Turkey have faced several bomb attacks this year carried out by militant groups, including Daesh and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). An explosion last week in Istanbul that killed 11 people was claimed by the Kurdish Freedom Hawks (TAK) group, an offshoot of the PKK.

 


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