10 tourists killed, others wounded in Istanbul terrorist attack

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Security forces and emergency personnel secure the scene of explosion in Istanbul, Turkey.

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Ten people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a popular tourist area in Istanbul, according to Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

All of those who died were foreigners, including nine Germans, according to Turkish officials.

At least 15 others were wounded in the attack.

Officials say the man responsible for the blast came from outside Turkey and was a member of ISIS, the terror group who is wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

“These terrorists (are) targeting the whole of civilization,” said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The attack occurred between the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque tourist attractions.

Leaders believe the man, who was in his late 20s, was from Syria and is associated with ISIS.

“An attack like this is designed to create economic, political and social consequences,” said Sajjan Gohel, international security director at the Asia-Pacific Foundation. “Turkey has to realize that the pipeline that feeds ISIS from Turkey to Syria has to now be cut off, because incidents like this are not one-offs. This could be part of a series of plots.”