At least six injured in Turkey’s Metro blast


ANKARA: At least Six people injured when a pipe bomb exploded on an overpass near Istanbul metro station on Tuesday, the district mayor told. Atilla Aydiner, the mayor of the Bayrampasa district on the European side of the city, was speaking on live television after the explosion hit the industrial and residential area near the height of evening rush hour. Initially, the origin of the blast, which brought the transport system in Turkey’s largest city to a halt, was unknown. Some earlier reports said the cause could be linked to an electrical transformer. Initial reports said the explosion had been heard in several different parts of the city. Emergency services made their way to the scene of the blast, which occurred at about 17:15 local time. Large numbers of ambulances were dispatched to the scene, as commuters were helped to safety, reports said. “Metro services have been halted after a sound similar to an explosion was heard, its cause remains unknown,” the Istanbul municipality said in a statement.(Reference: BBC)