Injuries reported as an explosion rocks Istanbul

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ANKARA, Turkey (March 19, 2016) — An explosion on Istanbul’s main pedestrian shopping street on Saturday has injured at least two people, Turkish media reports say. The Dogan news agency says the attack is believed to be a suicide bombing and injured at least five people.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reports that ambulances were responding to the explosion on Istiklal Street, which is also home to cafes, restaurants and foreign consulate buildings. Private NTV television said the explosion occurred outside a shopping mall.

The explosion comes as Turkey is on edge following two recent suicide bomb attacks in the capital, Ankara which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group, that is an off-shoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

 Turkey had heightened security in Ankara and Istanbul in the run up to a Kurdish spring festival on March 21.

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