Plane crash kills 22
All 22 people aboard a small plane died when it crashed in the mountainous east, searchers said yesterday after finding the wreckage of the plane that had gone missing a day earlier. The Rescue Coordination Committee at Kathmandu Airport said that searchers found the wreckage near a village about 160km east of Kathmandu. It was not yet clear what caused the crash. Police official Bhesh Bahadur Thapa said the rescuers were collecting the bodies and preparing them to be sent back to Kathmandu. The three crew members and 18 passengers were Nepali nationals, while another passenger was a Tibetan holding a US passport.
Police raid triad group
Police said on Wednesday they had dealt a major blow to a notorious triad group, after a territory-wide series of raids rounded up dozens of people, including a suspected gang leader. A total of 37 suspects, including a 56-year-old alleged ringleader and other senior members of an unidentified crime syndicate, have been arrested in an operation that began on Monday night, police said. Dozens of police and immigration officers raided multiple locations, including four nightclubs. The detainees, 17 men and 20 women, were aged between from 22 to 63 and were arrested for offenses including managing brothels, drug trafficking and immigration-related crimes, police said. Police declined to identify the group at the center of their latest raid, but press reports said authorities targeted the powerful Sun Yee On triad.
Man jailed for acid attacks
A man was sentenced on Wednesday to 13 years in jail for throwing acid on pedestrians in a busy shopping district, one of a string of attacks that have terrorized the city. Lo Ching-ho (盧證濠), 24, received the penalty about one year after the high-profile incident which left six people injured, including one woman who suffered burns over nearly 20 percent of her body. A court spokeswoman confirmed the sentence handed to Lo, who was convicted of intent to commit grievous bodily harm after a jury trial last month. He lobbed acid on revelers who jammed bustling Causeway Bay to celebrate the local soccer team’s victory over Japan in the East Asian Games final last December. According to local reports, Lo had said he carried out the indiscriminate attack because he was unhappy that friends did not return his phone calls, also saying a voice in his head told him to commit the crime. Lo was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic in 2007, but a psychiatrist testified at trial that the man may instead suffer from a personality disorder, local radio RTHK reported on Wednesday.
Manila to aid hijack victims
The Philippine tourism chief says his government is planning to give some aid to survivors and relatives of victims of a bus hostage-taking in which eight people from the territory died. Philippine Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said during a visit yesterday that details of the “token of solidarity” are being worked out.
Lightning kills golfer
A powerful summer storm has ripped across the east of the country, dumping large hailstones, causing minor flooding and killing one golfer in a lightning strike. Ambulance spokeswoman Louise Whatman said the 65-year-old man died and his two companions suffered serious injuries yesterday afternoon when they were struck by a bolt of lighting at Hawks Nest north of Sydney.