A violent explosion was recorded at Sultanahmet Square, in the historic center of Istanbul. It killed at least 10 people and injured 15 more (including three German citizens). The area is the main tourist spot of the Turkish metropolis, which among other monuments, it hosts the complex of the Blue Mosque. According to some sources, a suicide bomber blew himself up, while others say that a bomb was hidden under a bench at a tram stop. Several ambulances arrived on the spot and the police cordoned off the square. People fear that the blast may have been caused by a suicide bomber.
Turkish police immediately cordoned off the area around the square, in the historic and touristic center of Istanbul. Security forces fear that a second explosion may happen in the area. According to the Turkish media, several people were injured and there are ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars on site. A police car was flipped on its way towards the blast site. A passer-by has helped to put it back on the wheels.
The Turkish government has imposed a news blackout on the information about the explosion. At the same time, the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has convened an emergency Cabinet meeting. The state agency Anadolu has reported that among the participants in the summit there were the Interior Minister, Efkan Ala, and the chief of the intelligence, Hakan Fidan.