Police crash into PM’s house
A car with five off-duty policemen on board crashed into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s official residence, reports and an official said yesterday. The five sustained mostly minor injuries in the pre-dawn crash on Saturday at Razak’s residence in the sprawling administrative capital of Putrajaya, the New Straits Times daily and Bernama news agency reported. Traffic police were investigating the incident, they said. The group were traveling in a Proton belonging to one of the five, the Times added. “Initial investigations reveal that the victims, all in their early 20s, were off-duty and had gone sightseeing,” the paper quoted Kuala Lumpur city chief Mohmad Salleh as saying. A police official confirmed the incident, but could not give further details. Najib was not at the premises because he was on an official visit to the US.
Miner rescued after 17 days
A coal miner has been rescued after being trapped underground for 17 days by an underground flood that killed at least 10 others. State TV and Xinhua news agency said rescuers brought 39-year-old Si Li (司利) out of the Junyuan No. 2 Coal Mine in Hegang on Saturday. The reports yesterday said he was hospitalized in stable condition. Xinhua said 28 miners were in the mine when it flooded on May 2. Ten died, three are still missing and the rest escaped as the water rose or were rescued shortly after the disaster. China Central Television said Si survived in part by eating straw bags used in the mine.
Blast kills 20 road workers
A blast in a tunnel has killed 20 workers at a highway construction site in Hunan Province. The explosion on Saturday also injured one person, two officials from the provincial work safety bureau said. They would only give their surnames, Li and Yang. The blast occurred when a vehicle was unloading explosives in the tunnel on a highway under construction between Yanling and Rucheng in Hunan, Xinhua news agency said. Twenty workers died in the blast and one body has been recovered, Xinhua said. Four other workers escaped with injuries, and one was hospitalized in critical condition.
Gunmen kill prison official
Gunmen on a motorcycle have shot dead a senior prison official in Quetta, police said yesterday. Imtiaz Ahmad, chief warden of the district prison, was targeted late on Saturday when two people riding a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets near his office, police said. “Two armed persons riding a motorcycle opened fire on Imtiaz Ahmad and fled. He received critical wounds and died instantly,” senior police official Qazi Abdul Wahid said. Police and security forces are frequently attacked in the insurgency-plagued Baluchistan Province, of which Quetta is the capital. Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) claimed responsibility for Saturday’s killing, telling media: “The slain warden was a cruel person and used to subject our imprisoned leaders and workers to torture.” LJ has orchestrated violent attacks on Muslim minority Shiites, and other police officials in Baluchistan say they have been threatened by the group. Earlier this month, a senior police official was assassinated in Quetta in another drive-by shooting claimed by LJ. On April 29, British aid worker Khalil Dale was found beheaded in Quetta, nearly four months after he was kidnapped in the city. There has been no claim of responsibility for his murder.