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Istanbul suicide blast wounds 32

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will never surrender to terror after a suspected suicide bomb in Istanbul.

Thirty-two people are now known to have been injured, five seriously, after the blast ripped through Taksim Square in the heart of the city.

The bomber, who was killed in the explosion, appeared to have targeted police with some 15 officers caught in the attack.

Speaking in south-east Turkey Erdogan said: ‘‘We will not tolerate those aiming to create conflict in the country and threatening Turkey’s peace, security, and development. These kinds of attacks will not stop Turkey reaching its goal of peace, brotherhood and development.’‘

A popular plaza lined with bars and restaurants, thousands of people, particularly tourists, pass through Taksim Square everyday.

It is still unclear what the motive for the strike may have been, but Kurddish PKK rebels and other groups, such as al Qaeda have targeted Istanbul in the past.