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Bomb in Istanbul planted in car parked near metro station

December 01, 2015, 21:20 UTC+3 ANKARA
The explosion, which could be heard in many districts on the European shore of the city and caused a small panic among the local populations, went off near a metro station, NTV channel said
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ANKARA, December 1. /TASS/. A powerful explosion went off on Tuesday in Istanbul's suburban district of Bayrampasa, Turkish TV channels said.

The explosion, which could be heard in many districts on the European shore of the city and caused a small panic among the local populations, went off near a metro station, NTV channel said, adding that an improvised explosive device had been planted under a car parked near a pedestrian under-walkway where the entrance to the metro station is located.

Haberturk channel said one person had died and another person had been wounded while NTV said there were no dead but six people had been wounded.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said one person had received slight injuries.

Bayrampasa and the adjoining city districts were blacked out and traffic on the metro line nearby which the explosion went off was stopped.

The police sealed off the district and cars were evacuated from it.

In the meantime, the city police did not confirm the version about a terrorist act.

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