Bruneians safe after Turkey blast

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ALL Bruneians living in Istanbul are safe after an explosion struck near the city’s iconic Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district, an official from the Brunei Embassy in Turkey said.

In a phone interview, Nor Hirni Osfinita Hj Mohd Tahir said no Bruneians were affected by the suicide bombing that has killed at least 10 people and wounded 15 more.

She said the embassy has contacted students in Istanbul and Bruneian holidaymakers in Turkey, and found that all were accounted for and safe.

The official said there are currently four embassy officers and seven students living in Istanbul. The students are pursuing their education at Marmara University and Fatih University in Istanbul.

According to Nor Hirni, the students were having their exams at the time of the explosion.

She said the embassy has advised Bruneians who are living in Turkey to avoid the Sultanahmet district, adding that those who plan to visit Turkey should always avoid crowded places and to always be on high alert when in Turkey.

The Sultanahmet district is known to be crowded with tourists as it hosts a number of historical monuments.

The official also urged Bruneians who plan to visit Turkey to contact the embassy at its hotline +903124904460 and +905330325454, or email them at ankara.turkey@mfa.gov.bn

“We seek the cooperation of all Bruneians who plan to visit Turkey to notify us of their presence and the whereabouts of the places that they are staying in,” she said.

Nor Hirni added that travelling agencies should also contact the Brunei embassy and give full details of their customers who intend to visit the country.

News reports quoting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a suicide bomber of Syrian origin is believed to be responsible for the blast.

The Brunei Times