Man beheaded on beach
A man was decapitated in front of his family while taking a home-made hovercraft on a test run, reports said yesterday. Police said the 40-year-old, whose name has not been released, died instantly when he was struck by a propeller blade while using the hovercraft at Muriwai beach, west of Auckland, on Sunday, the New Zealand Herald reported. The newspaper said it was the first time the man had driven the hovercraft, which he had assembled from a kit. Fairfax Media said an engineer was examining the remains of the hovercraft and the death had been referred to the coroner.
Policeman suspect in killing
An off-duty police officer is the main suspect in the killing of an 18-year-old Norwegian tourist outside a bar in a Manila suburb where he tried to stop a fight, the chief investigator said yesterday. Police said Mikael Troy Johansen Rasay left the bar with friends early on Sunday when he saw a commotion across the street and tried to break up a fight between a man and a woman. Chief Inspector Rodelio Marcelo, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the Quezon City police, said that Rasay, 1.91cm tall and with an athletic build, fought and knocked down two men. Gunfire rang out moments later, and witnesses reported seeing another man chasing and shooting Rasay.
Girl killed in explosion
An eight-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday in an explosion at a crematorium after her relatives poured gasoline on her late grandmother’s casket to make it burn faster, police said. Twelve others, all mourners attending the funeral service, were injured in the blast in Kampong Cham Province, Stung Trang district police chief Chea Thearith said. One male relative was in a critical condition in hospital, he said.
Militants suspected in blast
Al-Qaeda-linked militants are among the suspects in a powerful bomb blast that killed a security guard on his way to work and wounded 12 others, including a seven-year-old girl, Cotabato City police chief Superintendent Roberto Badian said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but army ordnance experts reported that the bomb design closely resembled that used by suspected Muslim guerrillas and militants belonging to Jemaah Islamiyah in at least three recent attacks, regional army spokesman Colonel Prudencio Asto said.
Mayor crushes Mercedes
Drivers who park in bicycle lanes would normally worry about receiving a fine or having their vehicle towed. They probably do not expect to have their car crushed beneath the wheels of an armored personnel carrier with the mayor at the controls. Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas drove over — and wrecked — a Mercedes in a stunt to serve as a warning to anyone who thinks about parking illegally. In a video released by the city government, Zuokas is seen beaming triumphantly as he rides roughshod over the car. He cleans up the mess of crushed glass at the end of the video, before riding away on a bike. “The mayor hopes that he will not have to repeat his performance to have drivers heed his message, although he says that he is prepared to do so,” his spokeswoman Irma Juskenaite said — with a smile.
Migrants’ boat lands safely
A boat carrying 330 migrants from Libya arrived late on Tuesday on the island of Lampedusa, a day after officials found 25 people choked to death in the engine room of another Libyan refugee boat. Tuesday’s wooden refugee vessel, accompanied to shore by the coast guard, was just 15m long and carried migrants, mostly from Somalia and Nigeria, including 50 women and four children.