US Embassy Warns, AGAIN, of Possible Terror Attack in Turkey
"At this moment in the struggle, anything our guerrillas are ordered to do will be legitimate," said Bayik. Now there will be fighting everywhere," he added. Bayik- " so our main aim now is the fall of Erdogan."And Israeli's IDF hinted at? Yair Golan -“I wouldn’t go for direct hostilities, that’s not wise"
To which I queried?: But, how about indirect hostilities?
Five people have been killed and at least 20 wounded after the explosion, the city’s governor confirmed.
The blast happened on Istiklal Caddesi, a wide, pedestrianised boulevard that is lined with international stores and shopping malls.
Many foreign visitors are currently in the Turkish city for the final day of Istanbul Fashion Week.
Turkey’s health minister said 12 of those wounded in the blast were foreigners.
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Witnesses have seen helicopters circling overhead, and television footage has shown terrified shoppers running from the area.
Some photographs show police securing the area, while ambulances tend to the wounded.
People have been forced to take shelter inside the shops that line the street.
‘It was one loud explosion,’ said Muhammed Fatur, a Syrian who works at a nearby butcher shop. ‘Police came to the scene and sealed off the area.’
|People leaving the scene hastily|
Police in southeastern Turkey defused an explosives-laden car found parked outside a government building.The vehicle, which contained 150 kilos (330 pounds) of explosives, was found Thursday in the Hani district of Diyarbakir province, where security forces have been engaged a major offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) since the collapse of a ceasefire in July.
Police bomb disposal experts defused the device and took the vehicle away for examination, the security sources told AFP.
The German embassy in Ankara, German consulate in Istanbul and German schools in both cities remained closed for a second day Friday following what Berlin called "very serious" indications of planned attacks against Germany's diplomatic missions.
In January, 12 German tourists were killed in a suicide attack blamed on IS in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district.
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