An explosion has rocked central Istanbul’s Sultanahmet square – a major tourist attraction in the city, according to reports.
At least 10 people are understood to have been killed by the blast, according to the city governor’s office. More are wounded.
There is a high probability that the so-called Islamic State is responsible for the explosion in Istanbul, two senior Turkish security officials have said, according to Reuters.
Turkey is facing a growing threat from the militant group – also known as Isis, Isil, and Daesh – and also is battling Kurdish activists in the southeast.
Tourists are reportedly among the wounded from the blast in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul.
Turkish news outlet CNN Turk reports that German and Norwegian tourists were injured during the explosion.
A tour company official told Reuters that a group of German tourists were in the area when the incident happened.
The Yonhap news agency also says a South Korean national was also hurt in the blast.
Norway’s foreign ministry has confirmed that a Norwegian man was injured in an explosion in Istanbul and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.
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H/T ITV, and USA Today