Vice admiral slain
Gunmen ambushed and killed one of the nation’s highest ranking navy officials and the officer escorting him on Sunday in the state of Michoacan, authorities said. Two other people were injured. The state prosecutors’ office said the attack on Vice Admiral Carlos Miguel Salazar happened on a dirt road near the town of Churintzio. Salazar was the top naval commander in the Pacific coastal state of Jalisco. A spokesman for Michoacan attorney general’s office said Salazar’s driver apparently took the dirt road because the main highway had been closed. In between two villages, men armed with high-powered rifles opened fire on the car. Helicopters of the army, navy and federal police, and more than 200 security officers and emergency workers converged on the scene after the shooting.
Benghazi blasts injure 13
Two powerful explosions went off near a courthouse in Benghazi late on Sunday, wounding 13 people, security and medical sources said. The blasts came a day after 1,117 inmates escaped during a prison riot in the city. Mohamed Hijazi, spokesman for the security services in Benghazi, said two suitcase bombs had caused the blasts. They went off as people gathered to break the Ramadan fast. Local residents said nearby buildings were badly damaged in the blast. At least one soldier was killed in overnight fighting in the city between an armed group and military special forces, a security official said yesterday.
At least 31 migrants drown
Thirty-one people are believed to have died while trying to reach the island of Lampedusa, the latest tragedy to occur on the perilous sea crossing between north Africa and Europe. Survivors of the journey from Libya reportedly told authorities that the rubber dinghy in which they were traveling capsized on Friday evening, and more than half of its 53 passengers drowned. They said nine of the dead were women, the Ansa news agency reported. The 22 people rescued were from a variety of west African countries including Nigeria, Benin, Gambia and Senegal.
Tuxedoed man robs shops
A thief decided to carry out his crime in style by holding up two shops at gunpoint wearing an elegant blue tuxedo, local newspapers reported on Sunday. The man, who was about 30 years old, according to witnesses, committed the heists on Saturday before making his escape on a scooter with a booty of just under 1,000 euros ($1,300), the reports said. Employees at the Eurospin and Lidl shops in the Rome suburb of Torre Spaccata said the thief looked very elegant, but the outfit was a poor disguise, especially considering the current heat wave in Rome. “We were robbed about a month ago as well. The check-out girl knew something was up this time because the man was wearing a tuxedo and a scarf, which is not the sort of thing you wear when it’s 40 degrees in the shade,” an employee at Lidl told Il Tempo daily.
Turtle gets Facebook page
A two-headed turtle hatched at the San Antonio Zoo on June 18 has become so popular that she has her own Facebook page. Zoo officials say the Texas cooter, named after the leading characters in the 1991 Oscar-winning film Thelma and Louise, has been doing well. Spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike said the turtle eats and swims, and added that the two heads — named Louise Left and Thelma Right — get along.