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No Taiwanese tour groups were in Istanbul explosion: tourism bureau

TAIPEI -- An initial investigation by the Tourism Bureau has shown that there were no Taiwanese tour groups in a popular tourist area of Istanbul, Turkey when an explosion occurred there Tuesday, with at least 10 people reported killed.

None of the 14 domestic tour agencies providing travel to Turkey have tour groups in the area because it is currently the off-season for tours and travel there, bureau officials said, noting that the low season falls between November and March.

A BBC News report cited Turkish officials as saying that at least 10 people, including both foreigners and Turks, have been killed and another 15 have been wounded in the explosion in the Sultanahmet district. A suicide bomber with links to Syria is reported to have carried out the attack.

Eyewitness Murat Manaz was quoted by the BBC as saying that it was a suicide bomb. "I went there and saw it and came back to the hotel. There was chaos. Everybody was running somewhere."

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