Blast hits near Youth Foundation building in Istanbul

TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) – A blast occurred near the Youth Foundation building in Istanbul on Thursday, the governor's office said, adding that fragments of an improvised explosive device have been found on the site.

"There are reports about an explosion in front of the branch of the Turkish Youth Foundation in the Gaziosmanpasa district on Hurriyet Mahallesi Street at about 06:00 today [03:00 a.m. GMT]. According to the first statements made by our security service on-site, the glass in the building was broken, and there were no deaths or injuries. Fragments of improvised explosive devices were found during the inspection of the scene. A judicial-administrative investigation has been launched on this issue," the office said in a statement.

This is the second explosion to hit the city this week. Police had to evacuate people from the Beyoglu district on Monday due to heavy smoke caused by another blast.

Turkish officials have not yet commented on the recent incidents.

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