Miners die in flooding
Flooding in two coal mines has killed at least 15 miners. State television and the Xinhua news agency reported at least 10 miners were killed in a mine in Shanxi Province. The fate of one missing miner was unknown following the flood on Friday morning. Yesterday’s reports said at least five miners were killed in an unrelated underground flood in a mine on Saturday in Henan Province. Xinhua said an unknown number of other miners might be missing.
Officer takes wild bus ride
A traffic cop was taken on a wild ride in Hanoi, clinging to the windshield wipers of a moving bus for nearly 1km after the rogue driver tried to avoid a ticket, police said on Friday. Traffic police Second Lieutenant Nguyen Manh Phan ordered the bus driver to pull over the 39-seat passenger coach on Monday last week, a police officer in Ba Vi District outside Hanoi said. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy. The driver allegedly refused to show his paperwork and drove off — but not before Phan leaped onto the front, he said. The officer said the bus reached a top speed of about 50kph. A video shot by one of Phan’s fellow police officers shows the officer trying to get his footing and dangling precariously from the moving bus as oncoming traffic whizzes past. Phan can be heard yelling: “Call the police!” The driver, Phung Hong Phuong, eventually pulled over after being chased by police and residents. Even with the bus stopped, Phan stood calmly in front of it, still hanging on to the wipers. Phuong was arrested for allegedly acting against public officials, an offense that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence, the officer said. He previously served nearly four years in prison for a fatal traffic accident, and was released in 2010.
Cockfight grenade kills three
A grenade explosion inside a cockfighting arena in restive southern North Cotabato province in the south has killed three spectators and wounded 33 others. Police said a man tossed the grenade in the crowded arena during a town fiesta on Saturday. Muslim rebels and criminal syndicates are active in the area, but regional military commander Colonel Leopoldo Galon said the explosion was believed to have been triggered by a personal feud.
Terrorist suspects arrested
Police in an eastern province have arrested two suspected terrorists allegedly involved in bank robberies to fund their activities, the national police spokesman said yesterday. “They were riding a motorcycle on a street when an anti-terror police squad arrested them on Friday” in the town of Bima in West Nusa Tenggara Province, Saud Usman Nasution said. He said the suspects were part of a terror group that killed a police officer in a 2010 bank robbery in the north Sumatra town of Medan, allegedly to fund terrorist activities.
Quake strikes Sunda Strait
A magnitude 5.9 quake struck the Sunda Strait early yesterday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at 2:26am at a depth of about 50k. The USGS reported the epicenter was more than 170km west of Jakarta. Two massive earthquakes struck off Sumatra Island last week, triggering an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert and sending terrified people fleeing from the coast.