Kansas shooting kills three
Authorities say three people died in a shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Kansas, and two others were shot at, but not injured. Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference on Sunday that the person who had been reported to be in critical condition was one of the three dead. Douglass said shots were fired behind the Jewish Community Center in a parking lot, and two males died. Shots were reported minutes later at the Village Shalom retirement community, where one female died. Ages and identities of the victims were not released. A man in his 70s who is not from Kansas was taken into custody at a nearby school. Douglass did not provide further information.
Bus crash kills 36
A passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames, killing at least 36 people on Sunday in the south, the Veracruz State Government reported. Both state and federal officials said that four people survived the crash, which occurred shortly after midnight. A communique from the state civil defense agency said the victims were businesspeople from the region who were traveling from the Tabasco state capital of Villahermosa to Mexico City. Agency emergency director Ricardo Maza Limon said that victims apparently burned to death inside the bus, which was so badly charred that the tires melted and the markings on its sides were unreadable. The federal highway department, which earlier gave the death toll as 34, said the three-axle bus was on a highway in the area of Acayucan when it struck a five-axle tractor-trailer owned by a milk protein company that had broken down and was parked along the roadside. Via Twitter, President Enrique Pena Nieto sent a message of condolences to the families of those who died.
Hackers target space center
The country’s aeronautics and space research center has for months been the target of a suspected cyberattack by a foreign intelligence service, a news weekly reported on Sunday. Der Spiegel said that several computers used by scientists and systems administrators at the Cologne-based center had been infiltrated by spy programs. “The government classes the attack as extremely serious because it, among other things, is aimed at armament and rocket technologies,” Spiegel reported. In some computers, IT experts found traces of spy programs that were set up to destroy themselves on discovery, while others only activated themselves after months of lying in wait. Spiegel said the attacks were “coordinated and systematic” and all the center’s operation systems were affected. IT forensic experts probing who could be behind the assault have turned up clues that seem to point to China, but Spiegel quoted an unidentified “insider” as saying they could also simply be “camouflage.”
Foreign doctor kidnapped
An armed group kidnapped a foreign doctor in the north, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday, the latest in a spate of abductions against Westerners in the country. A local official said the gunmen group kidnapped the doctor from the hospital he worked at in Marib Province, late on Sunday. The doctor was from Uzbekistan, but the ministry gave his nationality as Russian and added that he was an anesthetist.