Several injured, at least one dead in Istanbul blast

No Jordanian casualties says Foreign Ministry

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ISTANBUL, Turkey  — A strong explosion was heard Sunday in a busy area in the heart of Istanbul, Turkish media reported, saying that people had been injured and killed. اضافة اعلان

The explosion occurred shortly after 4pm (1300 GMT), reported the television channel NTV.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced that there are no Jordanian casualties.

The cause of the explosion has not been confirmed by officials, but Turkish media suspect that it was a suicide bombing.

Emergency services were sent to Istiklal Avenue, near Taksim Square, a busy shopping center in central Istanbul.

This is a developing story. 

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