Bus crash injures at least 17
A bus carrying 44 Chinese tourists, their travel guide and a driver, crashed and flipped on its side on Friday, injuring at least 17 people, police said. “According to the latest information I have, 17 people have been taken by ambulance to different hospitals in the region,” said Thomas Gustafsson, the duty officer in the county of Vaestmanland to the west of Stockholm. “As far as I know now, no one was seriously injured,” he said.
Bomb injures two
A bomb exploded late on Friday at a busy market popular with civil servants in Naypyidaw, injuring two people, a government official said. “There was a bomb blast in a toilet at Myoma market at about 9:30pm. Two people were slightly injured while running away. The authorities are investigating,” the official said, asking not to be named. The military-dominated nation has been hit by several bomb blasts in recent years, which the authorities have blamed on armed exile groups or ethnic minority rebels.
E. coli found in cabbage
The government said yesterday that it had detected E. coli in cabbage imported from Europe and was checking whether it was the lethal strain involved in a killer outbreak in northern Germany. The country, which had a false alarm about a shipment of European avocados earlier in the week, has urged the public not to panic, saying that there are several types of E. coli. “We need three to five days to check on the bacteria’s strain,” said Sathaporn Wongcharoen, director general of the Medical Science Department of the Public Health Ministry.
Hundreds of tortoises found
Authorities have found nearly 400 protected tortoises in unclaimed bags at an airport in Bangkok, an official confirmed yesterday. The Indian and Burmese Star tortoises had been in luggage for about 10 days by the time they were found late on Friday at Suvarnabhumi Airport, said a senior customs official, who declined to be named. Loading tags suggested they had originally come from Dhaka in Bangladesh, according to the Freeland Foundation, a counter-trafficking organization, before going to Japan via Bangkok and returning to Bangkok when they were not collected. The foundation estimated the tortoises could fetch up to US$31,000 on the black market. Out of 370 found, four had died during the journey, it said. It is the second large seizure of the creatures in a little over a week and officials believe the same gang was behind both incidents. “These consecutive seizures highlight the continuing high volume illicit wildlife trade link between South and Southeast Asia ... If we can’t stop [smugglers], we’ll lose these species forever,” Freeland senior program officer Onkuri Majumdar said.
Police thwart cyanide plot
Police arrested eight terror suspects who were plotting a mass poisoning of police personnel, an anti-terror officer said yesterday, as one report said they had planned to use cyanide. The member of the police’s counter-terrorism squad, who did not want to be identified, said six suspects had been arrested late on Friday in Jakarta after two were held in Pekalongan city, Java, on Thursday. “They planned to attack police personnel by poisoning food at police office canteens,” the source said. Tempo news Web site quoted an unnamed senior police official saying the suspects had planned to use cyanide.