Ravine plunge kills twelve
At least 12 people died when the van they were riding in plunged into a deep ravine in the mountainous north of the country, a governor said yesterday. The van veered off a mountain road in remote Buguias town in Benguet Province on Saturday and plummeted into a 90m deep ravine, initially killing 10 people. Two more victims died later on Saturday and another victim was fighting for his life in a hospital, Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said. Five other people survived with injuries, Fongwan said by telephone, adding one of the 19 people in the van managed to jump out before the van fell off the cliff. The victims were mostly members of a family who attended an election victory party for a town mayor. Investigators were trying to determine if the driver, who was among the survivors, was at fault or if the van he was driving had mechanical defects, Fongwan said.
Arsonist sentenced to death
Xinhua news agency yesterday said a court has sentenced a 25-year-old man to death for setting a building fire that killed eight people as part of a revenge attack. Xinhua said Lin Binwei (林斌偉) confessed to setting the February fire in revenge against a man he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend. A man on duty yesterday at the Intermediate People’s Court in Taizhou City confirmed a verdict had been handed down but said he had no details. Xinhua said Lin’s arson attack targeted the rival man’s warehouse, where he stored products for his online shoe business, and that the fire spread to homes upstairs, killing eight and injuring one.
Man killed himself: police
A Japanese man who was found dead in a detention cell is believed to have hanged himself, police said. Authorities arrested 33-year-old Nobuhiro Matsushita on Sunday last week near a college outside of Kuala Lumpur where he was accused of trespassing while armed with a knife that he used to threaten police, Selangor State police official A. Thaiveegan said in a statement on Saturday. A guard found Matsushita dead before dawn on Saturday in a cell where he appeared to have hanged himself using his clothes, Thaiveegan said. Deaths in custody have drawn greater public attention in the past month. Three other men, all Malaysians, have been found dead in police detention cells since last month. In one case, three police officers were charged with murdering a suspect. Thaiveegan said authorities will submit a report on Matsushita’s death to the attorney general’s office.
Soldiers killed in blast
Three soldiers were killed and four wounded in bomb attacks on military convoys in North Waziristan while two policemen were gunned down in Karachi yesterday, officials said. “A military convoy of 35 vehicles was on its way to the northwestern town of Bannu from Razmak when an improvised explosive device planted along the roadside went off, killing three soldiers,” an intelligence official said. The official, who requested anonymity, said two soldiers were wounded in the explosion 70km south of Miranshah, the main town in the region. Another two soldiers were wounded in a second bomb attack on a military convoy 20km east of Miranshah. In Karachi, four gunmen riding two motorbikes opened fire on a police vehicle and killed two policemen yesterday, senior local police official Usman Bajwa told reporters.