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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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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor

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RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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