Train slams into station
A commuter train slammed into the end of the line on Saturday morning at the same station in Buenos Aires where 52 people were killed in a similar crash last year. This time, emergency officials did not report any deaths, but said at least 35 people were injured, five seriously. A mob quickly formed, unleashing its fury at the train operators by trying to attack the motorman, breaking glass inside the station and throwing stones in the street outside. Passengers screamed “murderer” at the injured driver. Officers intervened and he was hospitalized under police custody as police in riot gear took control. Secretary of Security Sergio Berni told reporters that it was too early to say why the train failed to stop, crashing through bumper at the end of the line and ending up wedged between the floor and ceiling of the platform. A response team of firefighters, police and medical personnel evacuated the wrecked train at the busy Once station. Many passengers did not wait, kicking out windows to escape their cars where doors failed to open.
Activists free 178 beagles
Police say animal rights activists broke into a laboratory in the southeast and released 178 beagles being used for drug tests. Officer Edivaldo Nunes of the Sao Roque police department says that “a large group of activists shouting: “Save the dogs” stormed the Instituto Royal Lab Laboratory early on Friday morning and drove away with the animals. He says none of the dogs have been recovered and no one has been arrested. The Folha d S. Paulo newspaper says that the lab used the dogs to test for adverse effects of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry.
‘Carjacker’ killed at border
A high-speed chase that ended with authorities killing a suspected carjacker closed traffic on Saturday into Mexico at one of San Diego’s border crossings. Three Customs and Border Patrol agents shot at and killed the driver of a car that stopped near the Otay Mesa border crossing and then began driving forward toward an agent, San Diego police Lieutenant Jorge Duran said in a statement. The driver, who died at the scene, had led California Highway Patrol officers on a nearly 160km chase. The crossing was shut to southbound vehicle and pedestrian traffic following the 10:30am shooting. It remained open from Mexico, but could be closed well into the evening going the other way, Customs and Border Forrest Bustamante Protection supervisor said. The busy San Ysidro crossing nearby was unaffected. The chase began after a suspected carjacking in the Riverside County city of Perris just after 9:30am. It reached speeds of 160kph.
Alleged child killers arrested
Police arrested five men for the rape and murder of two toddlers this week that sparked rioting in a restive shantytown northwest of Johannesburg, a spokesman said on Friday. “The fifth [suspect] was arrested this morning,” police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said. Four others detained earlier would appear in court on Friday, he added. “Charges against them will be kidnapping, rape and murder,” he said. The men were aged between 29 and 47. All lived in Diepsloot township, northwest of Johannesburg. A resident discovered the bodies of the girls, aged two and three, early on Tuesday in a communal toilet. They had been missing since the previous Saturday. Their rape and strangulation caused uproar and angry members of the community rioted and blocked the streets with rubble.