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Huge Explosion Hits Central Istanbul, Casualties Reported

© AP Photo / Emrah GurelPolicemen secure the historic Sultanahmet district, which is popular with tourists, as ambulances arrive after an explosion in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Policemen secure the historic Sultanahmet district, which is popular with tourists, as ambulances arrive after an explosion in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
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A huge explosion hit central square of Istanbul, Dogan news agency reports. At least 10 people were killed and 15 injured, a statement from the Istanbul governor's office said.

According to the Turkish TV channels' reports many people were injured in the explosion. Turkish media reports earlier said at least eight people were killed.

​​The incident reportedly took place at the historic Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) square.

​The area is sealed off due to fear of a second explosion. Ambulances and police have arrived at the scene.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. But according several reports an explosive device was places under one of the benches near the tram stop.

The Sultanahmet square, close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, is a major tourist area of Istanbul.

German tourists are among those injured at Istanbul’s central square when an explosion occurred earlier on Tuesday, Turkey’s NTV television reported.

The explosion was centered near a tram stop. The number of injured in the blast has not yet been disclosed.

According to some speculations, an explosive device may have been detonated by a suicide bomber.

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