Death toll from bootleg alcohol poisoning rises to 18

The death toll from a case of bootleg alcohol poisoning in Istanbul has increase to 18, as five more people who were being treated in hospitals died on Saturday.
According to media reports on Sunday, 18 people have died since last Friday due to alcohol poisoning. The reports say the number of those undergoing treatment due to alcohol poisoning in Istanbuland’s hospitals is 26, 15 of whom are being treated in intensive care units. The police, who were alarmed by the suspicious deaths, launched an investigation that led them to an organized group that was producing and distributing the illegal alcohol behind the poisoning. Fifteen suspects have been detained so far.
The police also warned people not to buy the alcohol, known as and”Bulgarian raki,and” in the Bayrampaia, Gaziosmanpaia, Baicilar and Fatih districts of Istanbul. The police also said they are inspecting shops selling alcohol in coordination with the Ministry of Food and Animal Husbandry.
Dogan also reported that the suspects told the police that they had bootlegged alcohol before and no one had died.
In the last week, several people with complaints of a severe stomachache, vomiting and a loss of vision were admitted to hospitals. The death toll declared on Wednesday by the authorities stood at nine.