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Security forces block entrance to Bayrampaşa metro station after explosion hit it and killed one.
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A large explosion heard near one of the metro stations of the Istanbul city of Turkey killing at least one and injuring few, local media reported on Tuesday. The blast happened at the station in Bayrampasa district of Istanbul.
The cause of the explosion is still not clear. The subway and local metro service have been on halt.
Anandolu, a state-run agency of the Turkey reported that the explosion occured near a bridge.
Five people were injured when a pipe bomb exploded on an overpass near an Istanbul metro station on Tuesday, the district mayor told A Haber television. Atilla Aydiner, the mayor of the Bayrampasa district on the European side of the city, spoke on live television after the explosion hit the industrial and residential area near the height of evening rush hour. Initial reports said that least one person was killed in the incident, and the explosion was first believed to have been from a power transformer, Turkey's Haberturk reported. Dogan news agency reported that many ambulances were heard rushing to the area, which is a residential and industrial neighbourhood on the European side of the city.