A large explosion occurred on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, Turkey. At least 6 people were killed and 53 people were injured.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yarlikaya said that the explosion happened around 4:30 pm on Sunday.

Al-Jazeera quoted the governor as saying that six people were killed and 53 injured in the explosion on Istiklal Avenue, according to initial reports. The injured are being treated. The governor expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wished speedy recovery to the injured.

Footage shared on social media showed ambulances, fire trucks and police at the scene. However, the cause of the explosion is still unclear. Meanwhile, the area has been evacuated after the explosion.

Turkey often conducts operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which fights for Kurdish autonomy. The PKK, founded in 1984, has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Many Kurds died in the Turkish campaign. In response, the PKK detonated several bombs in Turkey. However, it is not yet clear whether the Kurds have a hand in today’s explosion.

13 November/ES