Here is CurrentHow’s Daily Briefing™ for the 11th of December, 2016 :-
1. Kurdish miliant PKK may be behind Istanbul stadium blast : Turkish Deputy PM :-
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Sunday that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) may be behind the attack that killed 29 people and wounded 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul.
Twenty-seven of those killed were police and two were civilians, he told reporters in Istanbul. Ten people have already been detained over the bombing, Soylu said.
An earlier death toll had put the number of dead at 15, the health ministry had said.
The first attack is believed to be caused by a car bomb detonated outside the football stadium on the shores of the Bosphorus while a suicide attacker struck a nearby park.
The car bomb outside the stadium at Besiktas targeted a police bus, Soylu had said initially. Besiktas is also the name of the neighbourhood around club’s arena.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the blasts shortly after the end of the match sought to cause the maximum loss of life.
“We have witnessed once more here in Istanbul the ugly face of terror which tramples down any form of value and morals,” he said in a statement.
Erdogan was in Istanbul at the time of the blast at his residence in the suburb of Tarabya further down the Bosphorus, state media said.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said: “I curse the murderers strongly,” he said, quoted by the CNN-Turk broadcaster.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Turkey is in a state of emergency following a failed military coup in July.
2. Egypt bomb blast : 22 killed, 30 injured at main Coptic cathedral in Cairo :-
At least 22 people were killed and over 30 injured today in a blast at Cairo’s main Coptic Christian cathedral during a mass, the latest attack on minorities suspected to be carried out by jihadists.
The explosion took place at St Mark’s Cathedral, main Coptic Christian cathedral, in central Cairo, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health.
According to the Egyptian state TV, 22 people were killed while 35 others injured when a bomb was lobbed into a chapel near the cathedral’s outer wall.
The reason of the large number of victims was because the blast took during Christian pray time and there were a large number inside the cathedral, the statement said.
The bomb was remotely exploded. Most of the victims are women and children, officials said. The number of casualties may rise.
The incident came two days after six policemen were killed in an attack in Cairo on Friday.
St Mark’s Cathedral is the seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church and is home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II.
Jihadists in Sinai often target Christians as well as Muslims they accuse of working with the government.
Copts, who make up about 10 per cent of Egypt’s population of 90 million, have faced persecution and discrimination that increased during the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled by a popular uprising in 2011.
Dozens have been killed in recent years in sectarian attacks and clashes throughout Egypt.
3. Nigeria : At least 160 killed as crowded chuch building collapses :-
As many 160 people were killed as the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, Associated Press reported Sunday.
The church, Reigners Bible Church International in Uyo, was still under construction.
Hundreds of people, including governor Udom Emmanueland, were present inside when the roof collapsed.
The toll is likely to mount said one of the rescue officials, while the local hospital director said the morgue is overflowing, Associated Press reported.
Workers had been rushing to finish the construction in time for yesterday’s ceremony to ordain founder Akan Weeks as a bishop, congregants said.
The state government will hold an enquiry to investigate if any building standards were compromised, AP reported the governor’s spokesperson as saying.
Building collapse is a regular in Nigeria because of contractors using sub-standard materials and bribing inspectors to ignore poor quality work.
4. Kenya oil tanker explosion kills atleast 25 in fire :-
At least 25 people were killed in an oil tanker explosion on one of Kenya’s main highways and engulfed several vehicles, a Red Cross official said on Sunday.
“We have so far collected 25 bodies from the scene of the accident after a lorry heading to Uganda lost control and rammed into several vehicles,” said Red Cross official Felister Kioko at the scene.
The fire accident took place late on Saturday night north of the central town of Naivasha.
A lorry carrying petrol had caught fire and killed more than 100 people near Molo town in 2009.
5. 1 dead, 3 injured as helicopter crashes in Mumbai’s Goregaon locality :-
A helicopter crashed in Mumbai’s Goregaon on Sunday afternoon, leaving one dead and three injured.
The crash took place near Royal Palms in Filter Pada locality. Three fire engines rushed in to douse the flames. It was a Robinson R44 Astro chopper. It belonged to Pawan Hans, a government-controlled company.
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