Three bomb attacks targeting security forces in south-eastern Turkey on Thursday killed 14 people and injured at least 220.
Car bombs directed at two police stations killed four police officials as well as civilian bystanders and an attack on a military personnel carrier in the south-east of the country killed five soldiers and one guard. Authorities believe the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is responsible for the attacks. Just last week Cemil Batik, the PKK leader, threatened more attacks against Turkish police.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that Turkey is committed to fight the PKK until it is eliminated.
“No terror organisation will force this nation to cower in submission,” he said. This week’s attacks follow two bomb attacks targeting police last week that killed eight people.
Three killed by kite strings in Indian Independence Day celebrations
Glass-coated kite strings killed three people in India during Independence Day celebrations earlier this week. Two boys, aged three and four, had their throats slit by the strings in Delhi while looking out of the sunroofs of their respective cars and a 22-year-old man was killed as he rode his motorbike.
Sharpened kite strings – known in Delhi as manja – are attached to kites for competitions and used by participants to bring down other kites. They have a history of killing and injuring people, as well as thousands of birds, and have now been banned by the Delhi government.
US Olympians detained as claims of robbery denied
Brazilian authorities have accused four US swimmers of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro after an altercation at a petrol station. The four men, including gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, reported that they had been robbed by gunmen impersonating police officers early Sunday morning but Rio police chief Fernando Veloso says there was no robbery.
Footage has emerged of the athletes engaged in a dispute with petrol station employees over alleged damage to the station bathroom. Lochte has already left the country but the others have been ordered to stay in Brazil until the investigation has been completed.
Commission finds Mexican police executed 22 people
An investigation by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission found that 22 of the 42 alleged drug cartel members killed in a clash with police last May were executed in cold blood. One police officer was killed during the clash.
Mexican officials said the victims were members of a drug cartel and that the conflict was connected to a drug war between gangs. The investigation found that the crime scene had been tampered with and that police had tortured at least two of the victims. – Compiled from web sources by Samantha Besgrove and Ariana Norton
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