Washington censures Istanbul’s deadly bombing

The United States has strongly denounced Saturday’s deadly bombing in the western Turkish city of Istanbul.

Washington condemned the “vicious terrorist attack” in central Istanbul, vowing to stand by Turkey.

“The United States stands in solidarity with our NATO ally Turkey in combating the common threat of terrorism,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

“This vicious attack is the latest in a series of indefensible violence targeting innocent people throughout Turkey — Turkish citizens and international visitors alike,” he added.

At least five people were killed and 36 others wounded after a massive bomb explosion rocked a crowded shopping district in Istanbul earlier on Saturday.

The blast took place when a bomber detonated his explosives on Istiklal street in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, killing the attacker and four more people.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Turkey has been the scene…

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