June 25, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Service members dead in Afghanistan

From Wire Reports
 

KABUL, Afghanistan – NATO says four service members have died in southern Afghanistan in the past two days.

The alliance said one service member died in an insurgent attack and another in a bomb blast on Saturday. The two other service members died Sunday in a traffic accident in the south.

The coalition did not identify the nationalities of the dead or give further details.

Separately, the coalition said a NATO helicopter made a forced landing in the south on Saturday. It said no one was killed and that initial reports said there was no enemy activity in the area.

Two still missing in mall roof collapse

ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario – At least one person was feared dead and another trapped inside the rubble after a roof collapse at a mall in northern Ontario, authorities said Sunday.

More than 24 hours after the collapse, rescue workers were unable to reach victims because the structure was too unstable. They said it would take until early today before the structure was safe enough for search and rescue teams to go back in.

Fire officials heard tapping Sunday morning in another part of the rubble, but nothing had been heard for hours. They said they also tried to reach that person by drilling through a wall, but found the structure too unsafe to risk entering far enough inside.

Police compiled a list of nine people missing since the collapse Saturday, but names were being crossed off as members of the community accounted for their loved ones.

At least 22 people suffered minor injuries in the roof collapse Saturday afternoon at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake.

Earthquake kills four in China

BEIJING – A moderate earthquake toppled houses in a mountainous part of southwestern China, killing four people and injuring at least 100, state media said.

Sunday’s magnitude-5.7 quake was centered near the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today. It said the casualties occurred in Yunnan’s Ninglang county and Sichuan’s Yanyuan county, where many houses collapsed.

DEA agent kills suspected trafficker

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote northern area of Honduras known as a route for carrying cocaine from South America, U.S. officials said Sunday.

Saturday’s raid was the fourth operation in two months in a stepped-up U.S.-Honduran effort to fight drug trafficking in the sparsely populated areas of the country. A U.S. agent and Honduran National Police arrested four suspects and seized 792 pounds of cocaine around 12:30 a.m., said U.S. Embassy spokesman Stephen Posivak in Tegucigalpa. He said six others were arrested later on suspicion of aiding the smuggling operation.

Posivak said the U.S. agent opened fire after the suspect reached for a gun, and the suspect died at the scene. Three of the men arrested were part of the ground crew, Posivak said, and the fourth was piloting the small plane loaded with cocaine.


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