ISTANBUL, (AFP) – A suicide bomber blew himself up in the centre of Istanbul on Sunday, wounding 15 people, the city’s police chief said.
We think it was a suicide attack,” said police chief Huseyin Capkin, adding that two of the wounded were in a serious condition.
Six of the injured were civilians and nine were police, he said.
Turkish television said the attack targetted anti-riot police.
The blast happened in Taksim Square, a major shopping and leisure district on the European side of the city.
According to eyewitnesses quoted by news channels, a powerful blast shook the area, which is right in the centre of the city.
Footage showed police and ambulances rushing to the scene.
A security cordon was thrown round the area and the nearby pedestrianised Istiklal street was closed off, the CNN-Turk and NTV reported.
Members of the separatist rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and extreme left-wing groups have carried out bomb attacks in the past in Istanbul, which is home to more than 12 million inhabitants