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In brief: Train crash kills 18 and wounds 80

BRUSSELS, Belgium – A rush-hour commuter train sped through a red signal and slammed into an oncoming train as it left a suburban Brussels station, killing at least 18 people and disrupting rail traffic in northern Europe.

Officials said 80 people were injured, 20 of them seriously in Monday’s crash. The death toll – 15 men and three women – was not considered final.

The trains, carrying a total of about 300 passengers, collided in light snow just outside of the station at Buizingen about 9 miles from Brussels around 8:30 a.m. The impact peeled away the front of one train car and threw at least one other off the tracks, severing the limbs of some passengers, witnesses and officials said. One engine was thrust high into the air and snapped overhead power lines.

Rebels kill police in eastern India

CALCUTTA, India – Maoist rebels detonated land mines and set a security outpost ablaze in eastern India, killing at least 24 policemen in the worst-ever attack on police in the restive area.

An additional seven officers were wounded in the brazen assault Monday by more than 100 communist fighters, who also stole weapons from the security post in Shilda village of West Bengal state, said district magistrate N.S. Nigam.

Shilda is about 105 miles southwest of the state capital, Calcutta.

A total of 51 police officers were in the camp at the time of the attack, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

The camp was close to a bustling market, and the rebels struck when a large number of people were shopping in the area.