Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic nomination, bomb attack in Turkey’s Istanbul
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Hillary Clinton has secured the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Presidential election 2016, clinching the required number of Democratic delegates.
Thus, Hillary has reached 2,383 delegates, the number required to make her the Democratic nominee in the upcoming election, which will be held in November this year.
It means Hillary has become the first ever female presidential nominee for a major U.S. political party.
However, Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders dismissed the news, saying that it’s still up to superdelegates who will place their votes at July’s party convention.
However, AP sources claim Hillary has already reached the required number of delegates after her win in Puerto Rico, clinching last-minute support from the party’s superdelegates.
Superdelegates are those who can vow their support for a candidate before the convention, but cannot formally place their votes until the convention takes place.
But nonetheless, by getting this far, Hillary has already made history. It’s been 227 years and forty-three men presidents of the U.S. since George Washington was elected first president of the United States in 1789.
In other news, a car bomb attack has killed at least 11 people in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The target of attackers was a police bus.
The bomb attack took place in the central part of the city and the bomb was remotely detonated as the police bus drove through the Vezneciler district at the morning rush hour.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomb attack comes amid escalation of violence in Turkey, as Kurdish separatists continue their atrocities in the country and while there is a bloody conflict in neighboring Syria.
But it’s believed this bomb attack was carried out by Kurdish militants, who have claimed responsibility for other attacks targeting police and security personnel in Turkey earlier this year.
The bomb attack took place near a major tourist attraction as well as a university building. Seven police officers and four civilians died as a result of the explosion, according to Istanbul’s governor, Vasip Sahin.
As many as 36 other people were injured. As seen from photos taken at the site of the bomb attack, the police bus was completely destroyed by the explosion, while another police bus was severely damaged.
“There was a loud bang. We thought it was lightning, but right at that second the windows of the shop came down. It was extremely scary,” an anonymous eyewitness told Reuters news agency.
So what has been predicted since the beginning of this year, it will be a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump presidential race this year. And while the U.S. approaches the date of the election, Europe is being hit by bomb attacks. This time, Turkey’s Istanbul was hit by a deadly explosion, which resulted in at least 11 deaths.
Images: Monica Almeida/The New York Times, The Associated Press, AFP | MYC Writer: Polina Tikhonova