February 8, 2013 |
Nine women working to immunize children against polio were killed Friday when gunmen opened fire on them in northern Nigeria, Kano state police said. Women involved in the vaccination drive were targeted in two areas of the northern city of Kano, news reports said. Witnesses told the Associated Press that the death toll appeared to be higher than what police had reported, saying eight were killed in one attack and four were dead in another. One injured woman told Agence France-Presse that two men stormed into a clinic and started shooting, then set a curtain on fire and fled, shutting the door.
February 6, 2013 |
As a kidnapped 5-year-old boy cried for his mother from an underground bunker in Alabama last week, Larry Park, Jodi Heffington Medrano and others relived a decades-old California drama with uncanny similarities: Chowchilla, when gunmen snatched a school bus full of children and buried them alive in a ransom attempt. Park, now 43, hadn't forgotten the hell that started on a hot school bus ride when he was 6, nor the men who buried him, the bus driver and 25 other children in a moving van. But he was finally in a good place.
February 5, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Six Spanish tourists on vacation in Acapulco were raped by masked gunmen who burst into their lodgings in the middle of the night, roughed up their companions and made off with cash, laptops and other valuables, authorities said. The attack early Monday on what was in Mexico a long holiday weekend came as the one-time tourist mecca struggles to salvage its reputation. Acapulco, faded gem of Mexico's Pacific coast, has become one of the deadliest cities in the country as rival drug traffickers fight for control.
January 19, 2013 |
CAIRO - It was a bloody ordeal with tick-tock drama and a watching world. The hostages at a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert faced four harrowing days trapped between two dangers: Islamist militants who forced some of them to wear explosives belts, and the Algerian military, which showed no inclination to negotiate for their release. After the army carried out its "final assault" Saturday, Algerian officials said that at least 23 hostages and 32 militants had been killed since gunmen startled the world and rallied Al Qaeda-linked extremists by storming the complex before dawn Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2013 |
The first 911 call came at 11:08 p.m. A panicked man told an operator the barest of details: Nordstrom Rack in Westchester. Two armed men. Robbery. Police rushed to the sprawling Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, where a hostage drama was unfolding at the popular shopping center off the 405 Freeway. During the four-hour siege, at least two robbers held 14 Nordstrom Rack employees hostage, forcing some to strip. Police said they savagely attacked three of the captives. Hundreds of other people were stranded, most of them at a movie complex, while SWAT officers surrounded the mall.
January 1, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Gunmen ambushed a van in northwest Pakistan Tuesday and shot to death seven aid workers - five of whom were female teachers - in an attack that is likely to rekindle fears among Pakistanis over militant assaults on the country's education system. The workers, members of a Pakistani nongovernmental organization called Support With Working Solutions, were in a van leaving a community center in the outskirts of the northwest city of Swabi and on their way home when two gunmen on motorcycles forced the vehicle to stop, Swabi police and government officials said.
December 18, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Five female anti-polio workers in Pakistan were slain Tuesday by gunmen on motorcycles, police said, on the second day of a three-day national immunization campaign. Four of the women were killed in Karachi, the nation's largest city, and the fifth in Peshawar. Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh province, whose capital is Karachi, ordered a halt to the anti-polio drive in the port city after the shootings. Health officials said vaccinations were also halted until further notice in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is located.
November 26, 2012 |
Dozens of prisoners broke out of their cells and tried to escape early Monday morning as Nigerian authorities battled with gunmen at a police station on the edge of Abuja. Two officers were killed during the gunfight, police spokesman Frank Mba said in a statement . Thirty prisoners broke free during the melee, Mba said, but all but five were returned to custody thanks to "tactical and coordinated efforts. " Two suspected members of the "large number" of attackers were also arrested, according to the police statement.
October 20, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Lebanon's military was out in force Saturday as authorities struggled to maintain order amid outrage about a deadly bombing here that many Lebanese blamed on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Officials urged calm in an edgy nation where many fear that Friday's bombing, which killed the country's police intelligence chief and seven others, could usher in a new wave of communal violence linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria. Diplomats and others have been warning that Syria's violence could spill over into nearby nations - especially Lebanon, with its volatile sectarian mix and history of civil war - and further destabilize the entire Middle East.
August 20, 2012 |
MOSCOW - A suicide bomber on Sunday attacked the funeral of a police officer shot to death by unknown gunmen the previous day in the volatile North Caucasus region of Russia, killing seven and injuring 10 others in the crowd of mourners, officials said. The explosion, on the outskirts of the town of Malgobek in the republic of Ingushetia, was one of a string of violent incidents to rock the smoldering North Caucasus region more than a decade after Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in his first stint as president, engaged in all-out warfare against rebels in the breakaway republic of Chechnya.