Travel and tourism has been suffering in Istanbul, Turkey, for some time. Authorities managed to get local media under control, and reports of violence are often now toned down, since freedom of press no longer is given in Turkey.
While Turkey remains a safe tourism destination, the security situation and perception for the travel and tourism world remain tough. Today the sad count is 11 people dead.
Developing news, even not clearly tourism related don’t help. Istanbul University’s main campus, Beyazıt Square and the Şehzade Mosque are a few landmarks in the vicinity of the Vezneciler bus stop in central Istanbul.
This bus stop was todays scene of a bomb attack. According to Turkish state controlled media the bomb attack targeted a police vehicle in Istanbul. Several ambulances sent to scene.
Other reports by international media CNN, Reuters and twitter reports describe the attack different.
Such reports say: An explosion has reportedly ripped through the central Istanbul district of Vezneciler near a bus stop. Some people have been wounded, Reuters reported citing broadcaster CNN Turk.
A number of ambulances have been sent to the area. The NTV broadcaster reportedly said the explosion took place as a police vehicle was passing the area.