Microphone bomb kills one
A bomb hidden in a microphone killed Logar Governor Arsala Jamal yesterday as he made a speech at a mosque after Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) prayers, officials said. “At least 18 other people have been wounded, including civilians and government employees,” Logar provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said. Jamal took up the Logar job in April after serving as governor of Khost. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the blast.
Kirkuk bombing kills eight
A bomb exploded near a mosque in Kirkuk yesterday, killing eight Sunni worshippers and wounding 15 after the first prayer of Eid al-Adha, police and medical sources said. “I was on my way home nearby when I heard the explosion. I ran back to see what had happened and there were many killed and wounded people,” said Ibrahim Mohammed. “There is drilling work on one of the mosque pillars and the bomb was placed there.”
Xi’s father honored
The nation yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) father, a Communist war hero. Xi Zhongxun (習仲勛), who died in 2002, was a military leader in the northwest during the civil war and eventually rose to vice premier. He was purged in 1962 and spent 16 years in detention and under surveillance, but later returned to favor and became party secretary of Guangdong Province, where he spearheaded economic reforms. To commemorate his centenary, the government has issued a set of stamps, published a series of works by and about him, and is showing a six-part documentary on state broadcaster China Central Television that reportedly took three years to make.
Tycoon donates to schools
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest yesterday promised to give A$65 million (US$62 million) to university education in his home state. The chairman of iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group said A$50 million will be used to establish the Forrest Foundation to fund scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships at all five universities in Western Australia. Another A$15 million will build a residence for rising star researchers called Forrest Hall at St George’s College at the University of Western Australia. Forrest, a 52-year-old who graduated from the school in 1983 with an economics degree, said the nation needed to develop a higher-profile philanthropic culture.
Typhoon kills five
Typhoon Nari slammed into the center of the country early yesterday, killing five people, ripping roofs of homes and damaging roads, state media reported. Schools were closed in Danang, which bore the brunt of the typhoon when it hit packing winds of up to 133kph. More than 120,000 people were evacuated to makeshift shelters before the storm hit.
Twenty-one police and government officials have been suspended over a stampede near a temple in the central state of Madhya Pradesh that killed at least 115 people on Sunday, police said yesterday. “We have suspended the entire staff of the concerned police station, which includes two sub-inspectors and 15 other officers for not doing their duty of regulating the crowd and preventing the stampede,” Deputy Police Inspector General D. K. Arya said.