ISTANBUL - An explosion near a tram stop in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul injured several people on Saturday, local media said.
The Dogan news agency said many people were hurt but gave no further details. News channel CNN Turk said the explosion took place in a packaging workshop and may have been caused by a gas leak. Television images showed smoke coming out of a building while fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the scene.
As per details, one person was killed and eight were injured, one critically, in a gas explosion at a packaging workshop local media reported. ‘It’s not certain whether one person remains under the debris.
Rescue teams are searching meticulously,’ Istanbul police chief Selami Altinok told reporters at the blast site. Rescue teams dug a body from the debris some seven hours after the explosion, media reports said. The accident was caused by either a gas leak or an exploding gas canister, Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said.
, ruling out the possibility of a terrorist attack. On Friday, one person died and 36 were injured in a gas explosion at a bakery in the city of Denizli, southwestern Turkey, the disaster management agency said.