Dengue infections hit 22
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is urging local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases that were contracted at a popular park in downtown Tokyo. The cases announced yesterday raise to 22 the number of dengue infections thought to have been contracted locally. The ministry earlier reported three local cases, the first in nearly 70 years. Tokyo began spraying Yoyogi Park, a vast green area next to Meiji Shrine that is popular with local and foreign tourists, after discovering the outbreak.
Man kills three in school
A knife-wielding man yesterday stabbed eight children and a teacher in a rampage at an elementary school in Hubei Province, leaving at least three dead, reports said. The man, surnamed Chen, killed himself by jumping from a building following the carnage at a school in Shiyan, Xinhua news agency reported, which said three of the victims had died. He carried out the attack “because he couldn’t enrol his child” at the school, local broadcaster Shiyan Television said on Sina microblog. It said six children had been killed, as did a local newspaper.
N Korea test-fires missile
North Korea yesterday test-fired what appeared to be a short-range missile into the sea off its east coast in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said. It was launched at 10:30am from a site northeast of Pyongyang toward the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and flew about 220km, the joint chiefs of staff said. Details were not given, but a military official said on condition of anonymity: “North Korea appeared to have test-fired a new tactical or short-range Scud missile.” The launch was made near Ryongnim, about 60km south of the border with China, he said, declining to confirm a Yonhap news agency report that Pyongyang has built an underground Scud missile base in the region.
Car bomb found airport
Four people were arrested yesterday after a bomb was found in a van parked at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila, authorities said. The utility vehicle containing an “improvised explosive device” was found at the airport’s terminal three car park at about 1:45am yesterday, a short report released by the National Bureau of Investigation said. “Four suspects were arrested,” said the report, which was released by the airport’s media affairs office. The report gave no other details and did not identify the suspects or say if the bomb had been safely dealt with.
Police accused of coup plot
Authorities have issued arrest warrants for 33 police officers accused of plotting against the government. Dogan news agency said the warrants were filed yesterday for the officers, including the former head of a financial unit, on charges that include espionage. Yesterday’s move is part of a wave of arrests since July stemming from allegations by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that police conspired against him. It comes days after former foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu succeeded Erdogan as prime minister. Erdogan has accused a US-based spiritual leader, Fetullah Gulen, of infiltrating the police and judiciary and using powers to undermine the government, a charge that Gulen denies.
Party’s success downplayed