Bomber targets intel officer
A suicide bomber yesterday targeted the home of a senior intelligence officer north of Baghdad, killing three people, officials said. The bomber detonated a small tanker truck at the home of police Brigadier General Ismail al-Juburi, a senior officer for Nineveh Province, killing his son, nephew and sister-in-law, and wounding 21 others, police and a doctor said. It was not immediately clear if Juburi was present at the time of the attack, which took place in al-Sharqat.
Police capture fugitive
Police said they had captured a fugitive who escaped from a prison van during an ambush as it was taking him to court. Officers arrested Ryan McDonald, 20, on Friday during a raid at a house in Salford, near the city of Manchester, police said. McDonald and another man were on their way to Manchester Crown Court from a prison on April 30, when three men attacked their van on a busy street and freed them. McDonald was due to be sentenced for conspiracy to commit robbery when he escaped. The court sentenced him to seven years and 10 months in jail in his absence. The other man who escaped, 31-year-old Stevie McMullen, was captured on Sunday.
Zoo seeks mate for rare fish
The London Zoo is urgently seeking a female mate for the last-known males of a critically endangered fish species. Zoo officials said the Mangarahara cichlid is thought to be extinct in the wild and that two of the last known individuals — both male — are in the zoo’s aquarium. A third is in the Berlin zoo. Officials said the species’ habitat in Madagascar has dried up due to dam construction. The zoo on Friday asked aquarium owners and fish collectors to come forward it they know of any living females “so that a vital conservation breeding program can be started.” Officials said a worldwide search of zoo and aquarium organizations has so far proved fruitless.
‘Star Wars’ returns to UK
Filming of the new Star Wars movie will take place in England, returning the franchise to its British roots, Disney’s Lucasfilm said on Friday. “We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. The six previous Star Wars films were all partly filmed in the UK at famed studios, including Pinewood, Elstree and Shepperton. Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams and is scheduled to be released in 2015.
Highway pedestrians killed
Police said a couple from Romania were killed when they were hit by two vehicles as they attempted to cross one of the country’s main highways on foot. Police in the province of Lower Austria said the accident happened early yesterday on the A1 autobahn near Amstetten, west of Vienna. The 50-year-old man and 40-year-old woman, who were not identified, had stopped at a lay-by across the highway from a service station. Police said they reached the service station by crossing the road on foot and were hit by a van, then run over by a truck as they tried to return. Emergency services were unable to save them.