Five killed in bus blast
A Taliban roadside bomb tore through a bus on a highway in the south of the country yesterday, killing five passengers, including women and children, officials said. There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing in Ghazni Province, but officials blamed the blast on the “enemies of Afghanistan,” a standard phrase used to refer to the Taliban. “The bus was traveling from Kabul to Kandahar. Along the road near Ghazni city it struck a roadside bomb. Five people were killed and 11 others were injured,” provincial police chief Zarawar Zahid said.
Pirates fail to board tanker
The London-based International Maritime Bureau says pirates attacked an oil tanker early on Saturday in the Gulf of Guinea off western Africa, but failed to board it or harm its crew. The six pirates chased the tanker and shot at it, slightly damaging the vessel. The watchdog’s brief statement did not name the tanker, say where it was based or where it was traveling. Piracy off the nation’s oil-rich delta has escalated from low-level armed robberies to hijackings and cargo thefts. Some believe militants from the southern delta have turned to piracy.
Two killed in disco shooting
A man shot dead two people at a nightclub in the north of the country yesterday in what appeared to be a revenge attack after he was reportedly kicked out of the disco, police and local officials said. The unidentified man, who is “known to police,” had been thrown out of the Theatro disco in the heart of Lille, but returned at about 3am and opened fire with a -Kalashnikov-style weapon, a local official said. A cloakroom attendant and a customer were killed and another five people, including the club bouncer, were injured and taken to hospital. Police said the attacker, who appeared to have acted alone, fled in a car after the shooting, and that a manhunt had been launched.
Pilot insists on seat for mom
The pilot of an Air India passenger plane seated his mother in the cockpit for a domestic flight, refusing to take off without her after he could not get her a free ticket, a report said yesterday. The pilot allegedly demanded that his mother be issued a “dummy boarding card” at Pune airport and placed her in a jump seat reserved for crew for the two-hour flight to the capital New Delhi. “The pilot threatened that he would not fly without his mother” the Sunday Express reported. He said that his mother was sick and he could not leave her at the airport, the paper added. The fully booked flight, with 122 passengers on board, was delayed for 20 minutes because of the incident.
Strauss-Kahn sues magazine
Lawyers for former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn say they are filing a lawsuit against the French magazine Closer for claiming that Strauss-Kahn and his wife have separated. Anne Sinclair, Strauss-Kahn’s wife of two decades, was stoic last year when he faced allegations by a New York hotel maid of sexual assault. The charges were dropped, but he still faces a civil lawsuit in that case and is being investigated at home for suspected links to an alleged prostitution ring. Closer said Sinclair had asked Strauss-Kahn to leave their home a month ago. It cited no sources. A statement on Friday by Henri Leclerc and two other attorneys said the couple “decided to file suit against this publication for invasion of privacy.”