Foreign Office issues warning following Istanbul bomb attack

Foreign Office advice for Turkey
By Lisa James
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The UK Foreign Office has told Brits in Istanbul to remain vigilant and follow any advice issued by their travel provider or local authorities following an explosion in a busy pedestrian district on Sunday afternoon.

Latest reports say at least six people have been killed and more than 80 injured in the incident, which happened in an area in the centre of the city popular for its shopping and dining.

Turkey’s President Erdogan said the explosion was a bomb attack.

Shortly after the explosion, City Governor Ali Yerlikaya tweeted: “Today, at around 16.20, an explosion occurred in Taksim Istiklal Street in our Beyoğlu district. Our police, health, fire and AFAD [Disaster and Emergency Management Authority] teams were sent to the scene.

“There are casualties and injuries. Developments will be shared with the public.”

The FCDO updated its advice to say: “On 13 November there was an explosion in Istiklal Avenue shopping street in central Istanbul. The area is now cordoned off, further areas may face temporary closures and travel within the city may be affected.

“The British Embassy is in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking further information.

“You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local security authorities and/or your tour operator.”

The FCDO said it will update its information ‘as the situation develops’.

It has issued two phone numbers for anyone who needs help or more information: British Embassy in Ankara on +90 312 455 33 44 or the 24-hour FCDO phone line in London on 020 7008 5000.

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