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India: Boy killed, nine injured in bomb blast

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Authorities say a 7-year-old boy has been killed and nine other people wounded in a bomb blast in suburban Kolkata in India’s eastern West Bengal state.

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Barrackpore Police Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Singh says an investigation is underway into Tuesday morning’s blast outside a shop closed on the national Mahatma Gandhi birthday holiday. The impact of the blast ripped through the shop’s iron shutters. Ten people standing outside the shop were injured by debris and taken to a hospital, where the boy died.



Local Trinamul Congress Leader Panchu Gopal Roy says he was the target of the explosion.

In late August, nine people were killed in clashes in the state triggered by opposition parties contesting the victory of the ruling Trinamool Congress in recent local municipal elections.

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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%

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 The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August

Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.

“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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