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Thursday, July 9, 1998 Published at 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK


World: Middle East

Explosion kills seven in Istanbul

At least six people have died in the explosion

An explosion at a busy market place in the Turkish city of Istanbul has killed at least seven people, including three children, and injured nearly 100 others.

The city authorities have said they believe it was caused by a faulty gas container. Explosives experts have been called in to rule out any possibility of a bomb.

Istanbul's chief of police said the blast, at a busy tourist site, may have been caused by gas leaking from a cannister or explosive materials.


[ image: People were injured during the panic]
People were injured during the panic
Reports say many people were injured in the panic that followed the blast.

There has been no word on the nationality of those who died. Seven foreigners, three French, two Norwegian and two Iraqi, are said to be among the injured.

The market, known as the Egyptian bazaar, lies in a popular tourist area of Istanbul.





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