No reports of Singaporeans affected by Istanbul bombing: MFA

Police securing the area after the explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey Jan 12, 2016.
Police securing the area after the explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey Jan 12, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - There are no reports of Singaporeans affected by an explosion in Istanbul on Tuesday (Jan 12), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said.

"Our embassy in Ankara has contacted most of the registered Singaporeans to ascertain their safety. Thus far, there are no reports of any Singaporeans who are directly affected by the explosion," MFA said on Tuesday (Jan 12) in response to media queries.

"MFA strongly condemns the act of terror against innocent civilians at Sultanahmet Square, a popular tourist venue in Istanbul, which has resulted in several casualties," it added.

 

Singapore's Turkish Embassy is in touch with the Turkish authorities and will continue to monitor the situation closely, MFA said.

At least 10 people have been killed, most of them foreigners, in the heart of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet tourist district on Tuesday. Another 15 were wounded.

The site is close to popular tourist attractions the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Singaporeans in Istanbul who need help can contact the embassy or the 24-hour MFA duty office at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Ankara

Tel: + 90 530 066 7311

E-mail: singemb_ank@mfa.sg

MFA Duty Office

Tel: +65 6379 8800 / 8855 (24-hour hotline)

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg