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Suspected suicide bomb blast in Istanbul

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At least one person has been killed and almost two dozen injured after a suspected suicide bomb in Istanbul.

The blast ripped through Taksim Square in the heart of the Turkish city.

Istanbul’s governor has said 22 people were caught in the attack, ten of them police. It’s thought the bomber, probably male, targeted the officers’ vehicle.

Two people are said to be in a critical condition.

Police have sealed the plaza with fears a second attacker may be present. It is still unclear if the alleged bomber was killed by the explosion.

A popular area and transport hub thousands of people, especially tourists, pass through the square everyday.

For the moment, it is not known what the motive may have been for the suspected attack, but Kurdish PKK rebels and other groups have targeted the city in the past.

In 2003 al Qaeda militants were behind blasts that killed nearly 60 people.