April 20, 2010 |
Suspected Taliban gunmen burst into a mosque and gunned down the deputy mayor of Kandahar at his prayers, officials said Tuesday -- a brazen attack that underscored the immense challenges faced by Western forces as they push to restore law and order in the volatile southern city. Kandahar and its surrounding districts are the focus of an expected drive this spring and summer to try to expel the Taliban and establish credible governance in Afghanistan's second-largest population center.
July 10, 1999 |
Unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a Muslim fundamentalist commander whose group has been seeking to unite an eastern Ethiopia region with Somalia, witnesses said. Col. Abdullahi Irad, a commander in the Al-Itihad Al-Islamia group, was shot Thursday by four men in a taxi outside a mosque in Mogadishu, the capital, where he had just attended prayers, witnesses said. Relatives said Irad's family and Al-Itihad officials suspect that he was killed by Ethiopian agents.
July 31, 1986 |
A Supreme Court judge involved in extraditing drug traffickers was assassinated today by two gunmen on a motorcycle who also killed two other people and wounded the judge's wife. Justice Hernando Baquero Borda, who survived the guerrilla assault on the Palace of Justice last year when 123 people were killed, died instantly in the back seat of his car, authorities said.
November 30, 2001 |
Armed men kidnapped a German businessman in Yemen, said security officials and the German Embassy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The kidnapping came as Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh continued a visit to Germany. The German was in his car in the diplomatic area of Sana, the capital, when five armed men bundled him into their vehicle. When troops in the area opened fire, the kidnappers sped away, the officials said.
August 14, 2010 |
Felix Perez Rocha, a plastic surgeon, had finished a liposuction and was starting another procedure when gunmen burst into his operating room and hauled the terrified doctor away. The kidnapping at a high-end clinic in the affluent business hub of Monterrey immediately suggested one of the more cinematic chapters of drug-trafficking lore. A narco kingpin forcing a surgeon to alter his looks and help him evade the law? It has happened before. But on Friday, state prosecutors in Monterrey said it appeared that Perez's patient was the target, not the doctor.
October 29, 2010 |
Armed men opened fire on buses carrying assembly-plant workers near the Texas border early Thursday, killing four people and wounding 15 others in the latest spasm of violence to rattle Mexico. Authorities in the northern state of Chihuahua said the victims, identified as employees of a U.S. car-upholstery plant called Eagle Ottawa, were riding home about 1 a.m. when three company buses came under fire outside Ciudad Juarez. Officials said they had not determined a motive. Witnesses said gunmen jumped aboard looking for a male passenger.
January 16, 1987 |
Gunmen in a speeding car opened fire today on a limousine carrying the Romanian ambassador to Lebanon but he escaped unhurt, police said. They said it was not clear whether the gunmen were trying to kidnap or kill the envoy, Florea Chitu, who was on the road to Beirut Airport. Amal militiamen escorted the envoy to his embassy in West Beirut, they said.
October 11, 2009 |
In a brazen attack on Pakistan's military nerve center, gunmen disguised in army uniforms broke into the grounds of the country's army headquarters today, sparking a furious firefight that left four attackers and six military personnel dead. By late Saturday, the tense scene at the compound had evolved into a hostage crisis. As many as five gunmen remained holed up in a security building and were holding 10 to 15 security officers and civilian workers as hostages, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
April 25, 2010 |
Gunmen armed with high-caliber weapons ambushed the top security official in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's home state early Saturday, wounding her and killing at least four other people. Minerva Bautista Gomez, public security minister for Michoacan state, had just left ceremonies in Morelia launching a state fair, which she attended with the governor and other high-ranking officials. Within a mile, her armored SUV and bodyguard escort came under fire from assailants who had blocked the highway with a disabled trailer, trapping the minister and her entourage.
April 2, 2008 |
Gunmen fired on a car carrying United Nations aid workers and abducted a Briton and a Kenyan in southern Somalia, officials and witnesses said. The Briton may have been wounded in the leg. The workers' employer, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, was unavailable to confirm the incident or the nationalities of the hostages.