Man accused of killing wife
Chinese authorities on Friday captured a man they suspect fatally stabbed his pregnant wife and six of her relatives, including two elderly grandparents and two young nieces. Police in the nation’s northwest autonomous region of Ningxia announced the arrest of 24-year-old Ma Yongdong (麻永東) late on Friday night on its official microblog. State media said the suspect had quarreled on Monday with his wife, Lan Xiaohong (蘭小紅), who was six months pregnant. They said he found her later that day at her parents’ home in a village in Pengyang County, and that he clashed with his in-laws before killing all seven victims with a knife.
Bootleg liquor kills dozens
A batch of toxic bootleg liquor killed at least 32 people, mostly poor laborers, and sickened dozens more in northern India, police said yesterday. Police officer Arvibnd Sen said the victims bought pouches of tainted liquor on Thursday from a shop in Adampur village in Uttar Pradesh. They started falling sick immediately after drinking the liquor and were taken to local hospitals. Sen said yesterday that 32 people were dead by Friday night. He said another 50 people were treated in hospitals, and some of them have gone blind because of the toxic brew. Police arrested the shopkeeper, whose son also died after drinking the tainted liquor, Sen said. He said eight state government officials and four police officers have been suspended as authorities investigate the deaths and possible negligence of duty by the officials in allowing the liquor to be sold.
Horror truck kills at least 20
A truck carrying hog feed smashed into the rear of a passenger bus on a remote downhill provincial road in Quezon province early yesterday, setting off a series of wrecks that left at least 20 people dead and injured 44 others, police said. The bus driver lost control of his vehicle after the first collision and hit two buses and four vans coming from the opposite direction before toppling over on the narrow downhill road, about 115km southeast of Manila, Atimonan town police chief Jonar Yupio said. Parts of the bus pinned many of the victims and others were killed by flying metal debris, including the engine. All those killed — including four children, the truck driver and his assistant — were in either the truck or the first bus that was hit. Social workers said a one-year-old girl was among the survivors. Rescuer Jun Panuil said he found the baby muddied and covered in blood from other victims on the side of the road near the bus. He said the blood had made rescuers suspect the child was seriously hurt, but she had only a few scratches. Yupio said it was dark and raining when the accident occurred early yesterday, shortly past midnight. He said the bus and truck involved in the first collision rolled over before stopping on their sides.
Firefighter faces no charges
A 49-year-old female veteran firefighter who accidentally ran over and killed a Chinese teenager after a plane crash at San Francisco airport will not face charges, prosecutors said on Friday. Ye Mengyuan (葉夢園), 16, had been rescued alive from the Asiana plane and placed near one wing. She was run over by a fire truck, which lacked infrared equipment that could have spotted her under a layer of fire retardant foam. Ye was one of three people killed in the disaster, which left more than 180 injured after the South Korean airline’s Boeing 777 crashed on landing in San Francisco from Seoul.