#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Dec.01 – At least nine people were killed on Monday after a suicide attack at a funeral in northern Afghanistan, AFP reported.
“A suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives among people who were attending a funeral ceremony in Burka district this morning,” according to Aminullah Amarkhil, police chief of Baghlan province.
The funeral was for a tribal elder in Baghlan, a province on the main road from Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif.
A number of high-ranking police officials and provincial council members – who were probably the target – were unharmed.
#AceWorldNews – BULGARIA (Sofia) – October 02 – Bulgaria officials have confirmed that a series of powerful blasts on Wednesday at an explosives plant killed fifteen people and injured three others.
The government has announced a day of national mourning for the victims of the accident.
It happened near the village of Gorni Lom, some 120km north of the capital, Sofia.
Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.
Workers had been dismantling old military mines at the factory, which employed 150 people, but the exact cause of the blasts was unclear.
A thorough investigation would have to wait until investigators can enter the site 24 hours after the last explosion, for safety reasons, officials said.
“The tragedy is enormous, everything is destroyed, including the bomb shelter for the staff at the plant,” Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov said after viewing pictures of the site.
#AceWorldNews says Demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro’s primary train station turned ugly Thursday when Brazilians protesting against a ten cent fare hike violently clashed with police.
Activists threw stones and petrol bombs at police dressed in full riot gear as the chaos spilled from inside the station onto the surrounding street.
A cameraman for Band TV was hospitalized in serious condition after he was struck by either a stun grenade fired by police or an explosive thrown by demonstrators. Thousands of commuters were trapped inside when police shut down the transit system, and many became ill because of the tear gas.
Thais Jorao, 22, told The Washington Post that the outrage was about more than the fare increase. “If it was a public transportation fare hike when we had good health services and education, you would not have this many people on the street,” he said.
“On top of this you see spending with the world Cup, things that we really don’t need. We want health, education, decent public transportation.”
#AceWorldNews says Days ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the US Department of Homeland Security has warned airlines with direct flights to Russia that explosives hidden in toothpaste tubes could be smuggled on board.
An anonymous law enforcement official told AP the explosives could be assembled in flight or upon arrival in Russia.
The department said in a statement that it “is not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time,” and that the department “regularly shares information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.”
Delta Airlines is the only US carrier with direct flights to Moscow from the US; Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero also have non-stop flights from the US.
#AceWorldNews says nearly nine years after a truck bomb killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others, the trial is starting of four Hezbollah members suspected of organizing his assassination. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague is trying the suspects for plotting the assassination in their absence, AP reported. Lebanon’s influential Shiite militia Hezbollah has vowed never to arrest the suspects. The suicide assassination with a ton of explosives on February 14, 2005, fueled sectarian divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.