ANKARA (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, a suicide bombing ripped through a major shopping street in Istanbul, killing 5 people including the perpetrator. At least 36 people were injured and sent to hospitals, seven of them are in critical condition.
"Six Israelis, two Irishmen, one German, one Icelander, one Iranian and one citizen of the United Arab Emirates, who fell victims of the terrorist attack, are currently at five hospitals," the statement said.
The explosion comes as Turkey is on edge following two recent suicide bomb attacks in the country's capital of Ankara.
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.