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Cyprus police arrest 20 in base blast protest

Demonstrators angry at an explosion had tried to breach gates leading to presidential palace.

Nicosia: Cyprus police say they have arrested 20 people after demonstrators angry at an explosion in which 12 people died tried to breach gates leading to the island`s presidential palace in the capital

Police said on Wednesday that the arrests occurred late Tuesday during a protest over what demonstrators said was official negligence in the explosion of seized gunpowder stored at a naval base.

Police said protesters hurled rocks, flares and molotov cocktails at riot police, who responded with tear gas. Five police officers were slightly injured.

Meanwhile, funeral services for eight of the 12 dead that included the island`s Navy chief are being held on Wednesday.

Monday`s blast also wrecked a key power plant and forced the resignations of the defence minister and the military chief.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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