At least 6 dead as explosion rocks popular pedestrian street in Istanbul

At least six people were killed and dozens more injured when an explosion rocked a popular pedestrian street in Istanbul, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.

“The explosion might be a terrorist act. A woman is thought to be involved,” Erdogan said in a televised address, without providing details about how he had come to this conclusion.

Vowing that the perpetrators would be punished, Erdogan said four people died at the scene and two in the hospital. He added that according to information he received from Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya, at least 53 people were injured.

The Turkish Red Crescent said blood was being transferred to nearby hospitals.