Istanbul blast: Oman offers condolences to Turkey

Oman Monday 14/November/2022 10:37 AM
By: Times News Service
Istanbul blast: Oman offers condolences to Turkey
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Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman has expressed its condolences to the government and people of the Republic of Turkey, as well as families of the victims of the explosion that targeted Taksim area in Istanbul, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry here today, Oman reiterated its firm stance in condemning all forms of violence and terrorism. "

The Sultanate of Oman stresses its firm stance in condemning violence and terrorism in all its forms.

Six people were killed and 81 others wounded on Sunday when an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul in what Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called a bomb attack that "smells like terrorism".

Hundreds of people fled the historic Istiklal Avenue after the blast, as ambulances and police raced in. The area, in the Beyoglu district of Turkey's largest city, had been crowded as usual at the weekend with shoppers, tourists and families.

The moment the explosion occurred at 4.13 p.m. (1313 GMT), sending debris into the air and leaving several people lying on the ground, while others stumbled away.

Hours after the explosion, Vice President Fuat Oktay visited the site to give the latest death and injury toll, and promised to resolve the matter "very soon".

Authorities later said a government ministry worker and his daughter were among the dead. Five people were in intensive care in hospital, two of them in critical condition.