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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a person of Syrian origin is suspected to be the suicide bomber who attacked a district in central Istanbul.

Ten people are dead following a suspected suicide bomb attack in the popular touristic Sultanahmet area of central Istanbul.

The Istanbul governor's office said 15 people were also injured. The blast occurred at around 10:15 am (0815 GMT).

Broadcaster CNN Turk cited police sources saying they suspect a suicide bomber launched the attack, which struck near the Hagia Sophia museum and Blue Mosque, both major tourist attractions on the European side of the metropolis.

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