February 24
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A court in Turkey has arrested 17 suspects in connection with a deadly street bombing in Istanbul, accusing them of attacks on state unity, premeditated murder and attempted murder. Three other suspects were released from custody pending trial, Anadolu news agency reported.

The court also ordered the deportation from Turkey of 29 people detained by police in connection with the attack.

The Nov. 13 explosion occurred on Istanbul's busy Istiklal Avenue and killed six people, including two children. More than 80 other people were injured.

Turkish authorities blamed the bombing on the Kurdistan Workers' Party as well as Syrian Kurdish groups affiliated with it. The latter have denied any involvement.

A trial date is expected to be set after prosecutors prepare an indictment, which could take months.

One suspect was detained by Turkish police late Wednesday night in the Syrian city of Azaz.  There was no information about the 29 people facing deportation.

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