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Blast Kills 4, Injures 36 in Busy Tourist Spot in Istanbul

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | March 19, 2016

Blast Kills 4, Injures 36 in Busy Tourist Spot in Istanbul

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Just days after a car bomb exploded in the capital city of Ankara, four people were killed and 36 injured by a blast in a busy tourist spot in Istanbul on Saturday, CNN reported. 

Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu told CNN that preliminary reports showed that 12 of the people who were injured were visiting from other countries.

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Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon told CNN that Israelis were among those injured. Israel has discouraged nonessential travel to Turkey since August 2014.

Two U.S. citizens were killed, U.S. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price told CNN.

Irish citizens were also hurt in the blast, Ireland's foreign minister, Charlie Flanagan, told CNN.

"I am deeply saddened by today's horrific bomb attack in central Istanbul," Flanagan said to CNN.

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Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs is advising that its citizens take extreme caution when considering travel to Turkey.

"This vicious attack is the latest in a series of indefensible violence targeting innocent people throughout Turkey -- Turkish citizens and international visitors alike,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement obtained by CNN. “These acts of terrorism only reinforce our determination to support all those across the region working to promote peace and reconciliation."


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