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Youths attack church guard

A Christian was yesterday severely injured after being hacked with knives by a group of youths while he was guarding a Catholic church, police said. Gilbert Costa, 65, was guarding the Church at Mathurapur in Pabna District, about 175km from Dhaka, when he was suddenly attacked by young men. “He was hacked randomly by sharp knives and was left severely injured. He was shifted to a hospital where his condition is now stable,” local police chief Ahsan Habib told reporters. Habib said police had arrested three young men from the same village where Costa lives in connection with the attack. He said they were investigating the attack, but ruled out any Muslim extremist link, saying it appeared to be the result of “personal enmity.” “Costa and his relatives have identified the attackers with whom they had personal feud in the village. We have found no extremist connection whatsoever,” he added.


Politicians indicted for graft

Politicians with key roles in President Joko Widodo’s governing coalition have been caught up in a corruption scandal, in which officials allegedly pilfered more than US$170 million of government money. The justice minister, a former interior minister, the speaker of parliament and provincial governors were among those named in an indictment presented to a special corruption court on Thursday at the start of a trial of two Ministry of Law and Human Rights officials. The case could turn into a test of Widodo’s ability to take a hard line against corruption, which is at epidemic levels. Anti-corruption police said that a network of about 80 conspirators and several companies used the introduction of a US$440 million electronic identity card system in 2011 and 2012 to steal more than one-third of the funds. Two officials currently on trial are charged with receiving US$4.4 million. Prosecutors have said the rest of the stolen US$172 million was distributed among the dozens of other people involved.


Bus crash kills at least 26

At least 26 people died and 36 more were injured when an overcrowded bus veered off a mountain road, officials said yesterday. Government administrator Krishna Chandra Poudel said the bus plunged off the road pm Thursday near a village about 400km west of the capital, Kathmandu. The bus rolled about 200m down a slope before crashing into the Pasagad River. Local villagers helped police and soldiers pull the bodies and the injured from the wreckage. Poudel said rescue helicopters reached the accident area late on Thursday and were able to fly 18 of the injured to a hospital in Nepalgunj. Another eight injured people were yesterday to be flown out, but had to wait for the weather to clear up.

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