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Four detained in connection with Istanbul bomb blast

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ISTANGUL — Turkish police have detained four suspects over a car bombing in Istanbul that killed 11 persons, including seven police officers, local media reports say.

The car bomb was detonated as a police bus was passing through the central Beyazit district, close to many of the city’s top tourist sites, Istanbul’s governor Vasip Sahin said.

The suspects were taken to the city’s police headquarters for interrogation, the state-run Anatolia news agency said, without providing further information.

The blast killed at least seven members of the rapid response unit and several civilians, while at least 36 people were wounded, three of them seriously, he added.

There was no early claim of responsibility, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was behind the attack.

For the PKK to target major cities such as Istanbul “is nothing new,” he said after visiting the injured at an Istanbul hospital.

The bomb reduced the police vehicle to mangled wreckage and the windows of nearby shops were blown out by the force of the blast.

Local shopkeepers said the blast was followed by gunfire, and cars parked in the vicinity were also damaged.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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