Video: Shocking moment suicide bomber blew themselves up in Istanbul
This is the shocking moment when a suicide bomber blew themselves up on Istanbul's main shopping street, killing four and injuring dozens, including two Irish people.
The video shows the shocking moment the bomber detonates on a crowded street.
WARNING: DISTRESSING FOOTAGE
A number of Irish people, reportedly two, have been injured in this morning's deadly bomb attack in Istanbul which killed four.
No further details are known or the extent of the injuries suffered by the people.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today expressed his horror and sadness at the bombing in central Istanbul.
“I am deeply saddened by today’s horrific bomb attack in central Istanbul.
“I have spoken to Ambassador Brendan Ward in Turkey and can confirm that we are aware of a number of Irish citizens among the injured. An Embassy official is on the ground in Istanbul to provide consular assistance.
“Anyone with concerns for Irish citizens please ring 01 4082000 or Embassy Ankara on 0090 312 4591000. If you are in the area, please follow the instructions of the police and local authorities.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice to Irish citizens going to Turkey. In a tweet today it said anyone travelling to the country should exercise "extreme caution" as the "threat of terrorism" remains "extremely high".
The fourth suicide bombing in Turkey this year hit part of Istiklal Street, a long pedestrian zone lined with global brand name shops and foreign consulates, just a few hundred metres from an area where police buses are usually parked.
Preliminary findings indicate that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) or an affiliate carried out the attack, a senior Turkish official told Reuters.