US DEA agent kills suspect
A US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent shot and killed a suspected trafficker during a sting operation in the northeast, a US embassy spokesman said on Sunday. “During the operation, a DEA agent fired on a suspected drug dealer when he tried to use his weapon. The agent protected his own life and his team’s. The alleged dealer died,” embassy spokesman Stephen Posivak said. A group of around 40 people allegedly were unloading drugs from a small aircraft when the operation and killing occurred. Officials said about 360kg of cocaine were seized during the operation.
Bosnian Serb makes appeal
A former Bosnian Serb soldier is asking the Supreme Court to block extradition to his homeland, where he is accused of war crimes. A lower court ruled in August last year that Aleksander Cvetkovic, who is married to an Israeli and holds Israeli citizenship, can be sent to Bosnia. The Supreme Court was due to hear his appeal yesterday. Cvetkovic was arrested last year after Bosnia sought his extradition so he could stand trial. The Bosnian government says he was part of a firing squad that executed between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian Muslims in July 1995. The killings were part of what became known as the Srebrenica massacre, where Serb troops killed more than 8,000 Muslims.
One held for grenade attack
One of the people injured in a grenade attack that left three people dead and dozens injured in Mombasa is being held as a suspect, police said yesterday. Thirty people were still in hospital yesterday morning, three of them in a serious condition, said provincial police chief Aggrey Adoli. “One of those wounded people is assisting us because he is providing contradictory statements. He is being held as a suspect,” Adoli added. The blast tore through the Mishomoroni District of the city, at about 10pm on Sunday when football fans were following the Euro 2012 quarter-final match between England and Italy. The attack came just two days after the US had warned its citizens of an imminent threat of such an attack in the city and police had arrested two Iranians on suspicion of planning bomb attacks.
Wildfire prompts evacuations
A rapidly expanding wildfire in Colorado forced the evacuation of more than 11,000 people in communities near Pikes Peak on Sunday, as crews struggled to contain several large blazes around the state amid 38°C temperatures and strong winds. The fast-moving Waldo Canyon fire had grown to more than 1,000 hectares by Sunday afternoon and had pushed to within 400m of Manitou Springs, at the base of Pikes Peak, said David Hunting, a spokesman for the town’s fire department. All 6,000 residents of the town were ordered to evacuate, he said.
Drinkers face execution
Two people caught drinking alcohol for a third time will be executed after judges upheld the Islamic republic’s strict laws on liquor consumption. Hassan Shariati, the judiciary chief of the northeastern province of Khorasan-e Razavi, announced the sentence in an ISNA news agency report published by the Donya-e-Eqtesad daily. The two unidentified people had been convicted of drinking twice before and lashed 80 times each, Shariati said. He said the death penalty had been validated by the Supreme Court.