March 5, 2013 |
NEW DELHI, India - Malaysian fighter jets and ground forces attacked an estimated 200 Filipino gunmen who are claiming a remote part of the island of Borneo after 27 died in earlier, unsuccessful efforts to dislodge them. The Filipinos arrived in mid-February on the east coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is on Borneo, demanding recognition for a sultanate that once ruled the area. They are believed to be hiding near a coastal palm-oil plantation. "Our security forces were attacked and killed,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement announcing Tuesday's offensive.
February 21, 2013 |
Early Tuesday morning, Metta World Peace was awakened to a bizarre scenario. "I'm in my underwear and my son says, 'Hey dad, there's police at the door,'" World Peace said in an interview with The Times after the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics on Wednesday evening. "So I jump out, I'm nervous. I see these police with rifles and scopes. "I'm like, 'What happened?' I don't know what's going on at this point. 'What happened, what happened?' And then the police was like, 'The building is being taken over by guys downstairs.'" Apparently the guys downstairs were three actors in a movie that World Peace's company, Artest Media Group, is producing about life on the streets.
February 19, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Gunmen on motorcycles kidnapped seven French tourists, including four children, who had been staying at a nature reserve in Cameroon near its border with Nigerian border, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday. "They have been taken by a terrorist group that we know and that is in Nigeria," Hollande told reporters during a visit to Greece. The attack came a day after the Nigerian extremist group Ansaru claimed responsibility for kidnapping seven foreigners in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state Saturday in revenge for France's military action in Mali.
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.
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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.