Explosion Near Istanbul Metro Stop Was a Bomb, Local Mayor Says

  • Pipe bomb exploded near Bayrampasa metro stop, mayor says
  • Istanbul metro lines shut down as blast site investigated

A pipe bomb that went off near an Istanbul metro stop injured five people on Tuesday, Atilla Aydiner, mayor of the Bayrampasa district where the blast occurred, said in an interview with AHaber television.

Bomb disposal units have been sent to the site of the explosion, Yeni Safak newspaper reported on its website.

State-run Anadolu Agency cited Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin as saying the cause of the blast was still unknown, and all possibilities were being investigated. One person was lightly injured, he said, contradicting reports from private news agencies including Haberturk that one person was killed.

The explosion took place on a overpass near the Bayrampasa metro station, Yeni Safak reported, without saying how it got the information. The blast was heard as far as the central business district of Sisli and the entertainment district of Beyoglu, according to reports in local media.

Metro services throughout Istanbul were halted after the explosion, according to the Istanbul Municipality, and roads around the area were blocked. Passengers were evacuated from a metro carriage in the area whose windows were broken by the blast, according to Yeni Safak.

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