Man stabs five at station
Police yesterday arrested a man who allegedly stabbed five people at a railway station in the southwest, Kyodo news agency reported. The five victims — all men — were taken to hospital, but their injuries did not seem to be life-threatening, the agency said, quoting firefighters. A passerby alerted the fire department to the early morning attack at Hakata railway station in Fukuoka city. Police said they had arrested a man believed to be the attacker, who was quoted as saying he “wanted to stab people,” Kyodo reported.
Bomb kills wedding guests
A roadside bomb tore through a minibus carrying people to a wedding celebration in the north on Friday, killing at least 19 people and wounding 16, authorities said. The bus was taking guests to a wedding celebration in the Dawlat Abad district of the northern Balkh Province, about 450km northwest of the capital, Kabul, police spokesman Shir Jan Durani said. District police commander Bismullah Muslimyar gave the death toll and said six children and seven women were among those killed in the 6am blast. He said a police patrol had passed through the area during the night. Muslimyar said the wedding took place on Thursday, and the party was heading to the groom’s home to congratulate the newlyweds according to tradition.
Sting relocates concert
Sting has moved the location of his “Back to Bass Tour” concert in the Philippines following a petition by environmentalists who said the original venue is owned by a conglomerate that plans to uproot 182 trees for a parking lot and mall expansion in a northern mountain city. The SM Mall of Asia Arena said in a statement yesterday that changing the site of the Dec. 9 concert was “the decision of the artist himself.” The petition said that as a champion of the environment, “Sting can’t be saving rainforests and enabling SM to rape the environment at the same time!” Sting and his wife established The Rainforest Foundation to protect tropical rainforests and their people.
Speeding bus overturns
State radio said a passenger bus full of students overturned yesterday in the southwest due to high speed, killing 21. Senior police official Colonel Mohammad Reza Mehmandar, was quoted as saying that the driver lost control of the bus because of high speed in rainy weather. Mehmandar said 23 others were injured in the accident. They were rushed to hospitals for treatment. The accident took place on Friday evening on the Izeh-Lordegan road, about 500km southwest of the capital, Tehran.
Alleged pirates arrested
Authorities have arrested four Indonesian pirates who tried to hijack a tugboat and barge off Borneo island in the first such attack there this year, an official said yesterday. The machete-wielding men boarded the Malaysian vessel off Sarawak state on Thursday with most of the crew of 10 managing to lock themselves inside the tugboat and raise the alarm, Abim Sungom of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said. Authorities captured four suspects from the barge loaded with containers while several others escaped. None of the crew, comprising four Malaysians, four Indians and two Indonesians was injured, but some valuables, including mobile phones and cash, were stolen, he added.
Thames swimmer gets jail