High probability Islamic State militants responsible for Istanbul blast – officials
Rescue teams gather at the scene next to bodies after an explosion in the heart of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet tourist district, in central Istanbul, Turkey - REUTERS

ANKARA: There is a high probability that Islamic State militants were responsible for an explosion in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet tourist district which killed at least ten people on Tuesday, two senior Turkish security officials told Reuters.

The attack at the heart of one of the world’s most visited cities comes as NATO member Turkey plays a role in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and as it battles Kurdish militants in its southeast.

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