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June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Two undercover Los Angeles Police Department detectives were wounded Tuesday morning in an ambush outside the LAPD's Wilshire Division station. The detectives were waiting to get into the station at 4861 W. Venice Blvd. between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. when a gunman lying in wait opened fire, according to law enforcement sources. Both officers were hurt, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, the sources said. PHOTOS: Two LAPD detectives shot in ambush A motive for the attack was unclear and a manhunt was underway.
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WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Syrian army units ambushed and killed a group of opposition fighters near Damascus, the capital, state media reported Saturday, saying that the group had crossed into the country from neighboring Jordan. The rebels, which Syria's state-run news agency said were attached to Islamist factions including the Islamic Front and Al Qaeda -linked Al Nusra Front, were monitored as they crossed the Syria-Jordan border before being engaged by army units in the city of Adra , 11 miles northeast of Damascus.
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WORLD
December 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The mayor of a town in the troubled southern Philippines was among four people shot to death in an ambush outside Manila's international airport Friday, authorities reported. The fatal attack on Ukol Talumpa, mayor of Zamboanga del Sur in the Labangan area of Mindanao, was at least the third attempt on the politician's life in the last three years, raising suspicions that the unknown gunmen were motivated by the region's brutal political conflicts. Talumpa, his wife Lea, an 18-month-old baby and a staff member were attacked by at least two gunmen shortly after they arrived at the Manila airport from the regional town of Cebu, airport manager Angel Honrado told a news conference at the scene, the Philippine Star reported.
WORLD
December 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The mayor of a town in the troubled southern Philippines was among four people shot to death in an ambush outside Manila's international airport Friday, authorities reported. The fatal attack on Ukol Talumpa, mayor of Zamboanga del Sur in the Labangan area of Mindanao, was at least the third attempt on the politician's life in the last three years, raising suspicions that the unknown gunmen were motivated by the region's brutal political conflicts. Talumpa, his wife Lea, an 18-month-old baby and a staff member were attacked by at least two gunmen shortly after they arrived at the Manila airport from the regional town of Cebu, airport manager Angel Honrado told a news conference at the scene, the Philippine Star reported.
WORLD
June 30, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Mexican authorities Wednesday announced the arrest of a key suspect in the attempted assassination of a state security chief whose convoy was attacked with grenades and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. The suspect until recently was a police commander who also worked for the notorious drug cartel known as La Familia, authorities said. Minerva Bautista Gomez, security chief for the state of Michoacan, survived the April 24 ambush. Two of her bodyguards and two passing motorists were killed.
WORLD
July 10, 2011 | By Alex Renderos and Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Salvador and Mexico City -- Argentine songwriter and singer Facundo Cabral, an icon of Latin American folk and protest music, was shot to death early Saturday by unknown gunmen who intercepted his car in Guatemala City and pumped it full of bullets. Guatemalan authorities said they had not yet determined a motive for the slaying, which appeared to be a well-orchestrated ambush, and there were suggestions that a businessman accompanying Cabral might have been the intended target.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013
Times crime reporter Andrew Blankstein will join reporter Joseph Serna at 9 a.m. for an L.A. Now Live discussion about the latest developments in the search for suspects who opened fire on two LAPD detectives in an ambush early Tuesday morning. The officers -- veteran burglary detectives working undercover -- were treated at a hospital and released and are helping to try to identify the suspects. PHOTOS: Two LAPD detectives shot in ambush The detectives were attacked from behind between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. at the Wilshire substation at 4861 W. Venice Blvd.
NEWS
February 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Attackers armed with a grenade launcher and machine guns ambushed President Eduard A. Shevardnadze's motorcade in a 10-minute battle that killed one attacker and one bodyguard. The president escaped unharmed, aides said. State television showed the 70-year-old leader talking by phone later with Azerbaijan's president, assuring him, "I am OK." The attack took place in the capital, Tbilisi, as Shevardnadze's four-car motorcade was returning home.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
WEBSTER, N.Y. -- William Spengler was known to his neighbors as the man who killed his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer in 1980. He was also known as a quiet, nice guy. Spengler, 62, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after laying a trap Monday for local firefighters who responded to a blaze at his home on a slender spit of land here. He shot and killed two firefighters and seriously wounded two more. A police officer also was injured, and Spengler's sister, who lived with him at the home, was unaccounted for. After he got out of prison in 1998 and returned to the same neighborhood where he'd killed his grandmother, neighbors gossiped about his comings and goings.
WORLD
June 30, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and Anshul Rana, Los Angeles Times
Gunmen believed to be Maoist rebels killed at least 26 paramilitary personnel on Tuesday in a roadside ambush in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, authorities said. The gunfight, which lasted for about three hours, occurred about 3 p.m. in the state's heavily forested Bastar region as the 63-member Central Reserve Police Force patrol was returning from a "road-opening mission" in preparation for a threatened two-day rebel strike expected to start Wednesday. Maoist rebels, who control a large swath of Indian territory, often erect roadblocks in jungle areas they control, which the government tries to raze to reassert its authority.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jameis Winston had just led Florida State to a 45-7 victory over Duke for the ACC title on Saturday, ensuring the Seminoles a spot in the BCS championship game next month. The star quarterback also was just two days removed from learning he would not be charged in a sexual assault investigation that had been looming over his head since last month. ESPN reporter Heather Cox has drawn some criticism - particularly from FSU fans and Winston's lawyer , Tim Jansen, who keeps tweeting about the incident - for focusing more on the latter topic during her postgame interview with Winston.
WORLD
August 19, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- At least 24 police officers were killed Monday when militants ambushed two mini-buses in the latest bloodshed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, where security forces have been battling emboldened Islamist extremists for months. Egyptian state TV reported that militants forced the off-duty police officers from the buses and shot them execution-style outside the town of Rafah, which borders Israel and the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip. Other reports suggested that the officers were killed when the vehicles were struck by rocket-propelled grenades.
WORLD
August 17, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - It was an incident shrouded in mystery that occurred in one of the Middle East's most sensitive areas: the "Blue Line" demarcating the frontier between southern Lebanon and northern Israel. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 7, four Israel soldiers were wounded along the United Nations-designated line, which for the most part has been quiet since Israel and Hezbollah forces fought a monthlong war in 2006. After the incident, Israel issued a vague and terse statement saying its soldiers had suffered light to moderate injuries when an "explosion" occurred "during an overnight activity adjacent to the northern border.
WORLD
August 7, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
BEIRUT -- Syrian government forces ambushed and killed more than 60 rebel fighters Wednesday in the suburbs of the capital Damascus, activists and state media reported. The fighters were walking before dusk near the industrial city of Adra when government forces opened fire on them with antiaircraft machine guns, said Musab Abu Qatada, spokesman for a key rebel group, the Damascus Military Council. He said 65 rebels were killed and three survived, though other sources gave slightly differing numbers.
WORLD
July 24, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A wave of ambushes on federal police in the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan that has left two officers and 20 suspects dead were acts of desperation in response to the federal crackdown on criminal cartels, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez's remarks, made in a radio interview, came a day after armed groups carried out six attacks on federal police in various locations across the southwestern state. On Wednesday, Mexican news reports said a seventh attack on police occurred Tuesday in an indigenous community near the port of Lazaro Cardenas, a key smuggling hub. Michoacan's interim governor, Jesus Reyna, said the unconfirmed toll was two officers killed and five wounded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy serving an eviction notice Tuesday was shot before he got out of his car by one or more gunmen in another vehicle, authorities said. Sheriff's spokesman Lori Miller said it is believed the shooter or shooters were still in their vehicle when they opened fire on the deputies, who were in separate cars in the 1400 block of East Date Street near Del Rosa Avenue. The bullets pierced the front windshield of one of the two cruisers, striking the deputy, Miller said.
WORLD
August 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen killed a mayor and four of his bodyguards in an ambush in southern Afghanistan. Mayor Thawos Khan died when assailants opened fire on his pickup in Khana Shien district of Helmand province, said Mohammed Wali, a spokesman for the provincial governor. Meanwhile, two rockets exploded overnight in a building in the capital, Kabul, in what NATO troops said was an attempt to lure police and troops into a trap. And in central Oruzgan province, a mine injured three election workers Friday.
WORLD
July 13, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed and 17 were injured in an ambush in the Darfur region of western Sudan, U.N. officials announced Saturday. It was the second attack on U.N. peackeepers in Darfur this month, and the deadliest in the five years since their mission, UNAMID, began. A convoy of U.N. peacekeepers moving from one of their bases to another was fired on by unidentified attackers, triggering heavy fighting until reinforcements arrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Department released a video Wednesday that it says shows the suspect believed to be responsible for ambushing two detectives outside the Wilshire Division. The officers suffered minor injuries, but the early morning shooting Tuesday set off a massive search that kept a segment of Mid-City on lockdown for hours. At a news conference Wednesday, Police Chief Charlie Beck revealed the photo of a black male, thought to be 30 to 35 years old, who appeared to be walking with an object in his hand.
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