Blast Kills 10 In Istanbul's Tourist Center: Reports

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An explosion in a historic part of Istanbul popular with tourists has left several people dead and wounded, media reports said Tuesday. The blast happened at about 10:20 a.m. local time in Sultanahmet Square, near the Topkapi palace and the Hagia Sophia attractions. The number of casualties is unclear, but some media outlets have reported the Governor's Office of Istanbul as saying 10 are dead and 15 injured. There has been no official statement on the cause of the explosion from Turkish authorities, who have put a broadcast ban on news about the blast, the Guardian reported. Despite this, local television stations have shown images of emergency responders taking victims from the square to hospital.

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