Blast rips through train car
Six people died and at least 60 were injured yesterday in a blast that rocked a passenger train in the east Indian state of West Bengal, a spokesman for the Indian Railways said. The train was on its way from Haldibari to New Jalpaiguri in the state when the explosion hit one of its carriages at Belakoba station, 500km from the state capital Kolkata, said Prasad Ranjan Roy, West Bengal's home secretary. "Six people were killed and 60 wounded in the blast," a spokesman for Northeastern Frontier Railway said from Guwahati city in neighboring Assam state. "The toll may go up as 25 people are in a critical state," he said. It was not immediately known what caused the explosion.
Bomb in south kills two
A bomb hidden in a motorcycle killed a soldier and a civilian and wounded 16 others yesterday in a restive southern town popular with Malaysian tourists, police said. Police and witnesses said the bomb, which exploded near a hotel and train station in Sungai Kolok, was detonated by a signal from a mobile telephone -- a favored tactic of local Muslim militants. "I saw a large pool of blood next to the damaged motorcycle where the bomb was hidden, and a circuit of a mobile phone," a reporter said. Witnesses said the blast killed a Buddhist soldier and a Muslim laborer in the town, popular with Malaysian men for sex tourism. Other soldiers and passers-by were wounded.
Officers arrested for theft
Three army officers have been arrested for stealing large sums of money meant for war widows, military officials said yesterday. The men were detained on Friday as they tried to flee to Thailand with currency worth US$800,000, national military police commander Sao Sokha said. "We arrested them, but we are suspicious that there are more people involved in this matter ... we are investigating who has conspired with them," he said, adding that only around US$575,000 had been recovered. The men will likely be charged with stealing state funds that were meant for war widows in the nation's northwest.
Rain death toll rises to 80
Heavy rain again battered remote villages in Badghis Province that were already devastated by flooding, as the death toll in the western region rose to 80, officials said yesterday. Aid workers were delivering several tonnes of food and aid to people yesterday, said Habibullah Murghabi, the head of a disaster committee. It had taken more than two days of travel by donkey and horse to reach flood-affected villages in the mountainous region. Murghabi said the death toll in the Balamurghab and Ghormach districts had risen to 62, while 92 people were reported missing.
Governor garners support
Officials pledged yesterday to work with Okinawa's governor-elect, a day after the candidate backed by the nation's ruling coalition won an election that highlighted disparate visions of the future of US forces on the island. Hirokazu Nakaima, 67, won Sunday's gubernatorial election in Okinawa with support from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc. Thousands of US troops are based on the island. "We hope to carry out sincere discussions ... on the issue of reducing Okinawa's burden regarding the [US] military bases," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki told a news conference.
Six questioned in terror plot