April 30, 2014 in Nation/World

In brief: FedEx worker shoots 6, kills self

From Wire Reports
 

Kennesaw, Ga. – A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest “like Rambo” opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said.

In addition to a shotgun, the gunman also had an undisclosed number of Molotov cocktails, but he did not use them in the attack, police said.

The suspect, identified by police as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer, of Acworth, was found dead inside. He worked as a package handler at the sprawling facility, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

Investigators have an idea of what his motive may have been, but they were not prepared to disclose it yet, Pierce said.

Three of the victims were critically wounded, though only one remained in critical condition by late afternoon. Police say three were in stable condition, and two others were treated and released.

Kramer first drove his car to a security shack outside the building and shot a guard there before heading inside, the news release said.

Yemen launches ground offensive

Sanaa, Yemen – The Yemeni government launched an ambitious ground offensive Tuesday targeting strongholds of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula militants in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa.

At least 18 Yemeni soldiers and 12 militants were killed in the first day of fighting in what’s likely the Yemeni army’s most significant action since spring 2012, when troops backed by local tribal fighters forced AQAP-affiliated militants to abandon their strongholds in the west of Abyan province, where they’d set up a state within a state.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony at Sanaa’s Police Academy, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi defended the offensive Tuesday, alleging that the bulk of AQAP’s fighters were foreigners.


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