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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.