Raid foils terrorist plots
Government forces killed three suspected al-Qaeda militants in a raid on their hideout in Aden, foiling a major plot to blow up targets in the southern port city, a security official said yesterday. “We raided a house in the Mansoura District ... clashes broke out, three [al-]Qaeda operatives were killed and four members of the security forces were wounded,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Yesterday’s operation “foiled several terror attacks that were going to be carried out in the coming hours,” he added. Two vehicles packed with explosives and three suicide belts were discovered at the hideout, the official said, without giving further details.
Train collides with truck
Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak passenger train carrying about 169 passengers derailed on Monday after colliding with a big rig truck in California’s Central Valley, authorities said. At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries, authorities said. The 12:25pm crash occurred when the driver of the tractor-trailer carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train, authorities said. The impact pushed the two passenger cars and the locomotive off the tracks south of Hanford. The train traveled about 180m after the collision before hitting a switchback and derailing, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Harris.
Farmer devoured by hogs
Terry Vance Garner, 69, never returned after he set out to feed his animals last week on Wednesday on his farm near the Oregon coast, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said on Monday. A family member found Garner’s dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure several hours later, but most of his remains had been consumed, Frasier said. Several of the hogs weighed 318km or more. It is possible Garner had a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, or was knocked over by the animals and eaten, Frasier said. “For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it’s so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities,” Frasier told The Register-Guard.
Thieves nab precious gems
California investigators searched on Monday for thieves who made off with an estimated US$2 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills. However, the thieves did not get away with the biggest prize of all: the nearly 6.35kg Fricot Nugget, a giant crystalline gold mass unearthed in the Gold Rush era. During their attempt to grab the massive nugget, the robbers triggered an alarm that alerted authorities, who swarmed the museum but were unable to nab the thieves. Authorities said the pieces taken would be easily identified, which could make it difficult for the robbers to sell them.
Montreal mayor accused
The Montreal mayor’s political party received kickbacks of 3 percent of all construction in the city, a former construction mogul testified on Monday at a corruption inquiry. Lino Zambito told the commission headed by Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau the monies were paid to former construction company head Nicolo Milioto, whom police have identified as a middle-man between construction magnates and the Rizzuto crime family. Zambito said the payments began in 2005 or 2006, and Milioto told him they were destined for Mayor Gerald Tremblay’s party. Tremblay denied the allegations.