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.
NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs
KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.
A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.
The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.
Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.
NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.
Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.Follow @gorkhapost