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The forensic team at the scene of an explosion, on a street, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Ismail Coskun, IHA via AP)

The forensic team at the scene of an explosion, on a street, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Ismail Coskun, IHA via AP)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19:  People film and watch the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: People film and watch the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in central Istanbul March 19, 2016, Turkey. An explosion on Istanbuls main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street on Saturday has killed at least 5 people and injured over a dozen others, according to Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in central Istanbul March 19, 2016, Turkey. An explosion on Istanbuls main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street on Saturday has killed at least 5 people and injured over a dozen others, according to Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19:  Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19:   A man talks on his mobile phone as people flee the scene following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured.  (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: A man talks on his mobile phone as people flee the scene following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19:  Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured.  (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19:  Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured.  (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 19: Police secure the area following a suicide bombing in a major shopping and tourist district in the central part of the city on March 19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosion on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping Istiklal street today killed at least four people and left many injured. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

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A Turkish policeman runs after an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

A Turkish policeman runs after an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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The forensic team at the scene of an explosion, on a street, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Ismail Coskun, IHA via AP)

Two Americans were among those killed in a suicide attack in Istanbul, the White House said. Their identities were not released.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council, in a statement on Saturday condemned the "heinous attack" and said the US remains steadfast in support of Turkey, its Nato ally.

He said the US remains in close touch with Turkish authorities. He offered thoughts and prayers to the families of those who were killed or wounded.

Mr Price said these repeated acts of terrorism in Turkey must come to an end.

Two Israelis and one Iranian citizen were also killed in Saturday's attack on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping street.

It was the sixth suicide bombing in Turkey in the past year.

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Security officials and ambulances at the scene of an explosion, on a street, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Security officials and ambulances at the scene of an explosion, on a street, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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Security officials and ambulances at the scene of an explosion, on a street, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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Turkish police push people away after an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Turkish police push people away after an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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Turkish police push people away after an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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