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April 5, 2009 | Associated Press
A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and "lying in wait" opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said. Police Chief Nathan Harper said the motive for the shooting wasn't clear, but friends said the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.
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WORLD
February 2, 2009 | Chris Kraul and Jenny Carolina Gonzalez
Colombian rebels released four hostages to the international Red Cross on Sunday and have promised to hand over two more kidnapping victims this week. The release of three policemen and one soldier -- who had each been held at least 20 months -- in southeastern Caqueta state was almost scuttled by Colombian military flights nearby, according to a journalist who was present.
WORLD
December 16, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nine policemen were killed and 31 wounded when a suicide bomber drove a car into their checkpoint west of Baghdad, a police source said. He said most of the injured were policemen. The attack occurred in the Khan Dhari area. Another police source put the death toll at three, with 30 wounded.
WORLD
October 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Five state police officers were arrested in connection with the deaths of four villagers during a raid on protesters who had seized the entrance of a Maya archaeological site. The five officers led an operation Friday to remove hundreds of mostly indigenous villagers who had occupied the entrance of the Chinkultic ruins in southern Mexico for nearly a month, the Chiapas Justice Department said. The officers were being investigated on possible homicide charges. The villagers, most of them from the Maya Tzeltal and Tzotzil cultures, had been protesting excessive entrance fees and the failure to reinvest that revenue into the area's infrastructure and environment.
WORLD
September 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Three roadside bombs planted in succession struck a police convoy in Jalawla, 80 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing five officers, an official in Diyala province said. The U.S. military said two American soldiers died of causes unrelated to combat. They were assigned to the Multi-National Division Center, which operates south of the capital. In Baghdad, the leader of a Sunni group allied with the U.S. died Saturday night when his booby-trapped car exploded, officials said.
WORLD
September 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Israeli border policemen have been convicted of manslaughter for kidnapping a Palestinian teenager and throwing him from a moving jeep during a 2002 rampage through the West Bank city of Hebron. The men face up to 20 years in prison, the Justice Ministry said. Prosecutors said Shachar Botbeka, Denis Alhazov and two other officers spent their last day of service in Hebron throwing tear gas and stun grenades, and abducting Palestinians off the street. Two were hurled from the vehicle, including 17-year-old Amran Abu Hamadiya, who died when his head struck the road, court documents said.
WORLD
May 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion in eastern Afghanistan killed two NATO soldiers and one civilian, while other attacks left seven policemen dead, officials said. Two other North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldiers were wounded when the blast hit a patrol in Khowst province, the alliance said. It did not release their nationalities.
WORLD
March 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 100 Kurdish demonstrators and 10 policemen were injured and more than 160 Kurds detained across southeastern Turkey when police broke up New Year's celebrations, security sources said. More than 60 Kurdish demonstrators and two policemen were injured in fighting in Van after security forces tried to disperse a crowd of nearly 10,000 Kurds celebrating the Nowruz festival and shouting slogans supporting a banned separatist group. In Siirt, 32 demonstrators and eight police were injured after police tried to disperse a group of 3,000.
WORLD
February 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Three off-duty policemen were stoned, beaten and hanged in a central Bolivian town after residents said they tried to extort money from a man driving without license plates, news media reported. Ten people, including the three policemen, have been lynched this year in Bolivia. Most were suspected thieves. Deputy Interior Minister Ruben Gamarra called the latest lynching a "cowardly assassination" and said there would be an investigation into the possible participation of local authorities in Epizana, about 370 miles southeast of La Paz.
WORLD
January 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of angry Afghans chanted anti-U.S. slogans as they protested the deaths of nine policemen who officials said were killed during an anti-Taliban operation by U.S.-led coalition troops. The officers, including a district police chief, died in Ghazni province during an operation that included U.S. ground forces and airstrikes, said a provincial official, Habibur Rahman. Two civilians also died, he said. The U.S.-led coalition denied that it had killed the policemen. It said its forces killed "several insurgents" and detained nine others during the operation.
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