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UNITED NATIONS, June 8 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attack in the centre of Istanbul, which claimed the lives of at least 11 people and injured dozens more.

“The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this despicable terrorist attack will be swiftly identified and brought to justice,” a statement released by the Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said.

The explosion was reportedly caused by a car bomb targeting a police bus, according to the statement.

Extending his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishing those injured a speedy recovery, the Secretary-General stressed that the UN stands in solidarity with the people and Government of Turkey at this difficult time.