Turkey issues media blackout on Istiklal street bombing

Published March 19th, 2016 - 11:56 GMT
Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work on the scene of an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. (AFP/STR)
Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work on the scene of an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. (AFP/STR)

Turkey's Supreme Board of Radio and Television has imposed a temporary ban on broadcasting pictures and video footage from the scene of Saturday’s suicide bomb blast on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street.

According to a statement from the board, the ban includes live broadcasts from the blast site, footage from the time the blast took place and afterwards, and showing images of bodies.

Istanbul’s Governor Vasip Sahin said that five people, including the suicide bomber, were killed in the blast, and 20 others were injured, two of them seriously.

Several fire-fighting trucks and ambulances were seen rushing towards the scene after the blast.

Security forces evacuated the area, while the street has been closed to traffic.


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