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Another deadly attack on tourism in Istanbul

Mar 19, 2016

İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. It's a major tourism spot and was the scene of another deadly terror attack on the world tourism industry Saturday night when the area was packed with visitors.

Suicide bomber killed four people and injured 36, seven of them in critical condition, in Istanbul's central Istiklal street on Saturday.

The victims who were killed in the explosion have been identified as Simha Siman Demri, Yonathan Suher and Avraham Godman who are Israeli citizens and Ali Rıza Khalman who is Iranian.

The blast happened near a government building on Istiklal Street.

According to Reuters news, evidence suggests that the suicide bomber behind Saturday's attack in Istanbul may have come from Islamic State or the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Turkish officials said.

The Turkish government has blamed Kurdish militants for previous attacks and has retaliated against them.

Saturday's attack in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, occurred at about 11:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

"People didn't know what was going on. It was very chaotic. Everyone was screaming and running away," a witness had told British BBC.

Eleven Israelis were among the injured. Two Irish citizens, one national each from Germany, Iceland, Dubai and Iran were also wounded.

Another deadly attack on tourism in Istanbul

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