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Four dead in suicide attack on famed Istanbul street

Turkish police push people away after an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016A suicide bombing ripped through a famous shopping street in central Istanbul on Saturday, killing four people and injuring dozens less than a week after an attack by Kurdish rebels left 35 dead in Ankara. The sixth major attack in Turkey since July targeted Istiklal Caddesi, a pedestrian thoroughfare in the European side of the city that is usually thronged with shoppers and strollers but was still relatively quiet when the bomber struck around 11:00 am (0900 GMT). “This is a suicide attack, a terrorist attack,” Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told reporters at the scene, giving a toll of four dead.

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