Can you take a wild guess where this Muslim suicide bomber was from? Syria. What a shocker…not.
The massive explosion rocked the Sultanahmet neighbourhood where tens of thousands of tourists flock to world-famous monuments every day.
A picture circulated online by Turkish media showed a giant fireball erupting next to an Egyptian obelisk where tourists had gathered, however the image has not been independently verified.
Witnesses said the blast shook buildings and could be heard across the city, while images showed corpses and body parts strewn across a square near iconic sites including the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia museum.
Local media, quoting Turkish sources, claimed ten German travellers were killed and at least six Germans, one Norwegian and a Peruvian were reportedly wounded.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said members of a German tour group among the likely casualties and vowed to strike back against the ‘cruel and inhuman face’ of terrorism.
Travellers were warned to stay away from tourist sites and crowds in the city as other European countries including Britain said they were working to establish if any of their citizens had been caught up in the attack.
Earlier, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said both Turks and foreigners were among the dead, adding that the attack was carried out by a ‘suicide bomber of Syrian origin’.
Read more: Daily Mail