Deadly big blast Tuesday in a central square in Istanbul

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Plumes of smoke could be seen . coming from the historic Sultanahmet district, where police had cordoned off the area. Police are evaluating the possibility of a suicide bomber. The site of the explosion is Istanbul’s main tourist area, housing a collection of monuments that appears on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Cause of the explosion not immediately known; police say taking precautions against any possible second blast. Turkey suffered two major bombing attacks last year. Kurdish, leftist and Islamist militants have all carried out attacks in Turkey in the past. A statement from the Istanbul governor’s office said: “Investigations into the cause of the explosion, the type of explosion and perpetrator or perpetrators are underway.”

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