Turkey bombing kills 10 and wounds 15

Rescue services vehicles are parked at the site of an explosion in the  historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. The explosion killed several people and wounded 15 others Tuesday morning in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a Syria-linked suicide bomber is believed to be behind the attack.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Rescue services vehicles are parked at the site of an explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. The explosion killed several people and wounded 15 others Tuesday morning in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a Syria-linked suicide bomber is believed to be behind the attack.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Ten people were killed and 15 wounded when a blast rocked Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, the governor’s office said.

“Investigations into the cause of the explosion, the type of explosion and perpetrator or perpetrators are underway,” it said in a statement quoted by the “Dogan news agency” after the blast in the Sultanahmet neighborhood.

Turkish deputy premier said the attack on Istanbul’s tourist heart on Tuesday 12th January was carried out by a 28-year-old Syrian suicide-bomber, adding that out of the ten victims, nine were German, and one was from Peru.

Turkish Prime Minister had said in a speech in Ankara shortly after the blast: “I strongly condemn the terror attack which was carried out by a suicide bomber of Syrian origin.”

Ambulances and police were dispatched to Sultanahmet, the city’s main tourist hub, which is home to world-famous monuments including the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia as the police sealed off the area after the attack, local television reports said.

Turkey is on alert after 103 people were killed on October 10 when two suicide bombers attacked a crowd of peace activists in the capital Ankara, the bloodiest strike in the country’s modern history, which was blamed on ISIS.

President Erdogan has blamed a “suicide bomber of Syrian origin”, and despite the speculations of the bomber being part of ISIS, no group came forward with their responsibility to the attack till now.

Turkish authorities have in recent weeks detained several suspected ISIS members with officials saying they were planning attacks in Istanbul.

But Turkey is also waging an assault on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has staged dozens of deadly attacks against members of the security forces in the southeast of the country.

A Kurdish splinter group, the the Freedom Falcons of Kurdistan (TAK) claimed a mortar attack on Istanbul’s second international airport on December 23 which killed a female cleaner and damaged several planes

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