The explosion has hit a busy pedestrian area in Istanbul, Turkey. It is unclear what caused the blast but the Turkish Sabah newspaper said at least 11 people were wounded and police were investigating the scene.
Footage on social media showed people running following an explosion on the busy street, at least one person appeared injured and there was blood on the street.
Footage showed a significant amount ambulances and police on the scene, some of whom appeared attempting to keep people back from the area. .
People on social media reported fatalities as a result of the blast.
Istanbul’s Governor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed that people had died in the explosion.
In a tweet, he said: “Today, at around 16.20, an explosion occurred in Taksim Istiklal Street in our Beyoğlu district. Our police, health, fire and AFAD teams were sent to the scene.
“There are casualties and injuries. Developments will be shared with the public.”
More to follow.