A car bomb has exploded in central Istanbul during the morning peak hour, killing at least eleven people, wounding thirty-six and wrecking a passing police bus near the main tourism district.

At least three of the wounded are in a serious condition.

“Seven police and four citizens lost their lives,” Istanbul’s governor, Vasip Sahin, said at the scene in the Beyazit district.

A parked car packed with explosives was detonated by remote control as the police bus drove by, news channel Haberturk reported.

The explosion took place close to the Vezneciler metro station, which is within walking distance of some of the main sights of city’s historical centre including the famed Suleymaniye Mosque.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But Kurdish militants, Islamic State and radical leftists have all staged attacks in Turkey recently.

A Reuters witness saw what appeared to be two police vehicles hit, one of them on its side next to the road. Gunshots were heard in the area after the blast, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Broadcasters showed armed police in the street near to the site where the blast struck. Haberturk said eight people were wounded.

A spokesman at police headquarters in Istanbul was unable to provide information on the incident when reached by phone.

Turkey has suffered a spate of bombings this year, including two suicide attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Islamic State and two car bombings in the capitalm, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group

with AAP

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A car bomb has exploded in central Istanbul during the morning peak hour, killing at least eleven people, wounding thirty-six and wrecking a passing police bus near the main tourism district. At least three of the wounded are in a serious condition. 'Seven police and four citizens lost their lives,' Istanbul's...