ANKARA (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, a blast occurred at the central Istikal street, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Istanbul. The police and the ambulance cars are at the scene, the area has been cordoned off.
According to Turkish Health Ministry, at least five people were killed, while 36 were injured in the explosion.
Counsulates of several countries are located in the area where the explosion occurred.
Earlier this week, the German Foreign Ministry said that the German Embassy in Ankara and the Consulate General in Istanbul as well as German schools in both cities had been closed due to the high threat of terrorist attacks.