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The bomb rocked the tourist area of Istanbul

Bomb blast rocks tourist district in Istanbul

WT24 Desk

Turkish officials say a police bus was targeted in the central Istanbul district of Vezneciler with some wounded in the blast, The Sunday Express reports. A number of gunshots were reportedly heard after the explosion and police have evacuated shops, cafes and homes near the scene.

A parked car packed with explosives was detonated by remote control as the police bus passed by. The area is a major draw for tourists from around the world who flock to the historic city to marvel at the sights.

Police say no-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack although Kurdish militants, Islamic State and radical leftists have all staged attacks in Turkey recently.Armed police, fire crews, medics and anti-terror specialists are at the scene.

Turkey has suffered a spate of bombings this year, including two suicide attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Islamic State and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.

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