Four people have been shot dead and seven left injured in a police shooting at a student rally in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Roughly 1000 students from the University of Papua New Guinea tried to board buses, intending to hold a peaceful demonstration outside Parliament House. However, they were stopped by police before leaving the campus, the ABC reports.
Videos of shots being fired into the crowd have emerged on social media. They came after students refused to cooperate with police attempting to arrest the president of the student council. Witnesses of the event have stated that police also physically attacked protesters, kicking them and even throwing punches.
Police “fired shots directly at the crowd,” said student Gerald Peni.
“They fired tear gases, I was right in front. And many of the students they fell, they got injured,” he said.
The student protest has been ongoing for five weeks, targeting Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s corruption allegations and economic management.
No official police statements have been released about the incident yet.
Eleven dead in Istanbul bombing attack
A bomb targeted at a police vehicle in central Istanbul has killed 11 people and injured at least 36 others.
Reports say the explosive device detonated in a car near the Vezneciler metro station as the police vehicle drove past, killing seven police officers and four civilians. The bombing is the fourth major attack in Turkey this year, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raising suspicions of Kurdish militants being behind the attack.
Erdogan said the attack was “unforgivable” and Turkey will continue to fight against armed groups “to the end”.
Four people have been arrested, though specific details regarding the arrests have not yet been released.
The site of the explosion is close to the Grand Bazaar and other popular tourist sites in the Beyazit district. The attack occurred on the second day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, which is celebrated by intense fasting and prayer.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu has said the attackers were “cold-hearted” for exploding bombs during this holy time.
Clinton clinches Democratic nomination
Hilary Clinton has secured the U.S.Democratic presidential nomination, with a total number of 2,488 delegates according to Bloomberg’s presidential delegate count.
Clinton, who is set to add hundreds more delegates to her total in Tuesday’s primaries, is the first woman in the history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
The focus of Tuesday’s voting will be on the state of California, where Bernie Sanders is also hoping to claim a consolation victory.
MH17 documents seized by German and Swiss police
Documents regarding Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have been seized in a German and Swiss police raid of a private investigator’s home in Germany last week.
The man, identified only as Josef R, was allegedly paid a fee of 17 million Euros to investigate why a Russian anti-aircraft missile shot down the plane over Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew.
Dutch officials revealed to the media that the documents obtained contain possibly “explosive papers” which they hope will assist in the current criminal investigation.
Thai King’s surgery satisfactory
The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, has undergone a “satisfactory” procedure to widen his arteries, says the Thai Royal Household Bureau.
“Balloon surgery” was performed on the King after tests showed there was insufficient blood flow in his heart muscles.
AFP quoted the Royal spokesman as saying, “the result was satisfactory and the medical team are closely monitoring him.”
The King’s was in extremely poor health with a swollen lung and and fluid around his brain.
King Bhumibol is due to celebrate 70 years of reign tomorrow. At 88, he is the world’s longest reigning monarch.
– Compiled from various web sources by Jessica Holmes, Zabrina Potestas, Ariana Norton, Samantha Besgrove and Joseph Walz.
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