Explosion occurs in Istanbul, injuries reported (UPDATE)

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Details added (first version posted at 19:26)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 17


An explosion has occurred in the center of the Turkish city of Istanbul on Feb. 17, Turkish newspaper Sabah reported.

According to preliminary reports, the cause of the explosion was a gas leak.

The explosion caused damage to several buildings, shattering their windows.

Turkish Anadolu agency reported that four wounded were taken to hospitals; two of them are in serious condition.

Residents of nearby houses were evacuated because of danger of a second explosion.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by C.N.

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