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No Singaporeans hurt in Istanbul blast so far: MFA

Police and emergency service members work at the scene after an explosion on busy pedestrian Istiklal street in Istanbul.
Police and emergency service members work at the scene after an explosion on busy pedestrian Istiklal street in Istanbul. (PHOTO: Kemal Aslan/Reuters)

SINGAPORE — There are currently no reports of Singaporeans being affected by the bomb explosion at Istanbul's Istiklal Street on Sunday (13 November).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) added in its media statement on Monday that Singapore strongly condemns that act which has "resulted in the loss of innocent lives and multiple injuries".

"We extend our condolences to the bereaved families and wish those injured a speedy recovery," it said in the statement.

Latest reports said that six people were killed, while dozens were wounded by the blast along the popular thoroughfare, which is lined with shops and restaurants that leads to the iconic Taksim Square.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the blast a “treacherous attack” and said its perpetrators would be punished. He did not say who was behind the attack but said it had the “smell of terror”.

The Singapore Embassy in Ankara has reached out to Singaporeans in Istanbul who are e-registered with MFA. Singaporeans in Turkey are advised to exercise caution, monitor the local news, and heed the instructions of local authorities.

Those travelling to Turkey are also strongly encouraged to e-register with MFA at if they have not done so.

Singaporeans who require consular assistance in Turkey are advised to contact the following:

  • Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Ankara - Tel: +90 530 066 7311. Email: singemb_ank@mfa.sg

  • Honorary Consulate-General in Istanbul - Tel: +90 212 339 1852. Email: info.singaporeconsul@fibaholding.com.tr

  • MFA Duty Office - Tel: +65 6379 8800/8855 (24-hour hotline). Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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