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.
December 22, 2011 |
Gunmen opened fire Thursday on three passenger buses in the violence-racked state of Veracruz, killing at least seven people, Mexican authorities said. All five attackers were killed in a shootout with federal security forces after the attack, which took place on a rural highway near Panuco in the northern part of the coastal state. State spokeswoman Gina Dominguez said the gunmen were suspected in a separate attack earlier Thursday in El Higo, another town not far from the border with Tamaulipas state.
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.
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.
October 28, 2010 |
In Mexico's third mass shooting in less than a week, gunmen opened fire Wednesday at a carwash in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, killing at least 15 people. The midmorning attack took place in the state capital, Tepic, rocked this year by bouts of drug-related violence. Nayarit authorities said 13 of the victims, all men, worked at the carwash and that most were clients of the same drug treatment center, Alcance Victoria (Victory Outreach). As for the remaining two killed, one was found dead at a nearby fruit stand and the other was shot while arriving at the carwash on a motorcycle.
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.
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.
September 18, 1993 |
About 100 gunmen disrupted the investiture ceremony for Haiti's foreign minister Friday, threatening Prime Minister Robert Malval and his ministers, witnesses said. The leaders took cover in an anteroom at the Foreign Ministry. The gunmen allowed them to leave after 90 minutes. There were no reports of injuries, but witnesses said several police officers and army soldiers did nothing to hinder the gunmen.