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NIGERIA

Bomb blasts kill at least 18

A self-defense fighter said twin bomb blasts have killed at least 18 at a mosque in the northeast of the country crowded with people observing pre-dawn prayers. The fighter was among rescuers who evacuated bodies while troops cordoned off the zone. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Yesterday’s attack was the latest in a string of assaults blamed on Boko Haram Islamic extremists who have indiscriminately killed Christians and Muslims they accuse of not following their radical version of Shariah law. The fighter said there appeared to be only one suicide bomber although “we all heard two explosions” about 5am in a mosque in the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

FRANCE

Highway pile-up kills dozens

At least 42 people were killed yesterday morning when a bus and a truck collided on a highway in southwestern France, according to local officials. A police spokeswoman said the accident had taken place on the D17 secondary road near Puisseguin, about 55km east of Bordeaux. Sixty firefighters were reported to be at the scene. Five people were injured, and three survived the crash unharmed, according to the spokeswoman. President Francois Hollande said on Twitter that the accident had caused “many deaths” and that the government was “totally mobilized on this terrible tragedy.”

MEXICO

Five arrested over lynching

Authorities have arrested five people suspected of being part of a mob that lynched and burned two brothers in central Mexico, officials said on Thursday. Police are looking for four more suspects following Monday’s killing in the state of Puebla, Governor Rafael Moreno Valle told reporters. Federal and state police were deployed to the town of Ajalpan to take over security from the municipal force after it failed to prevent the lynching. The mob accused the two brothers of trying to kidnap children even though they insisted they were working in the town as pollsters. Local police took them to the station but the crowd stormed the building, took them out and beat them to death in a public space while onlookers took pictures. “This barbaric act happened in front of municipal authorities who were overwhelmed by the population,” Moreno Valle said. The bodies of the brothers were delivered to their family on Wednesday. “They killed the father of my two babies. It’s unforgivable. They killed good people,” said Elsa Garcia, wife of one of the victims. While lynchings have happened in several towns in Mexico in recent years, this case has drawn outrage as gruesome pictures of burning bodies were taken by witnesses and published by newspapers.

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