A knife-wielding attacker killed a 12-year-old schoolgirl and a man before stabbing himself to death in a rampage outside Tokyo Tuesday that also injured more than a dozen, including several children. The mass stabbing in the town of Kawasaki, south of the Japanese capital, was a rare attack in a country with one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world, and there was no immediate detail on the suspect's motive. Kiyoshi Matsuda, deputy director of the Nippon Medical School Musashi Kosugi Hospital, told reporters that the 12-year-old schoolgirl and a 39-year-old man had succumbed to their injuries. Local media reported that the suspected attacker, a man in his 50s, had also died of his wounds after turning the knife on himself. Emergency services said at least 16 others had been injured in the attack. "It is a very harrowing case. I feel strong anger," Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in televised remarks. "I offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims and … [Read more...] about 2 killed, dozens injured in Japan mass stabbing
By The Canadian Press Wed., May 15, 2019 KETCHIKAN, ALASKA—A 37-year-old woman from Richmond, B.C., has been identified as the Canadian killed when two sightseeing floatplanes crashed midair in Alaska earlier this week. Elsa Wilk is one of the six deceased victims named by Alaska State Troopers late Tuesday. The floatplanes were carrying cruise ship tourists when they collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. The death toll was initially reported as four, with two people missing. U.S. Coast Guard said the bodies of the two missing people were recovered near the crash site Tuesday night. Global Affairs Canada says Canadian consular officials in Seattle were in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and provide assistance as needed. Article Continued Below “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska,” the department said. The American victims … [Read more...] about B.C. woman among six killed in Alaska floatplane crash
OUAGADOUGOU: Gunmen killed a priest and five parishioners during mass on Sunday (May 12) in an attack on a Catholic church in Dablo, northern Burkina Faso, security sources and a local official said."Towards 9.00am, during mass, armed individuals burst into the Catholic church," the mayor of Dablo, Ousmane Zongo, told AFP. "They started firing as the congregation tried to flee."The attackers - between 20 and 30 according to a security source - managed to trap some of the worshippers, Zongo added. "They killed five of them. The priest, who was celebrating mass, was also killed, bringing the number of dead to six."The gunmen then set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the local health centre, which they looted, burning the chief nurse's vehicle."There is an atmosphere of panic in the town," said Zongo."People are holed up in their homes, nothing is going on. The shops and stores are closed. It's practically a ghost town," he added.Security … [Read more...] about Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso
A teenage American recruiter for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has admitted in a Texas federal court that he was guilty of a conspiracy to help the terrorist organisation, according to John C. Demers, the assistant attorney-general for national security. Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, who was arrested in February, admitted on Wednesday to encouraging an individual, identified in court documents only as co-conspirator 1, to join the LeT, the Department of Justice said. They were caught by a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) undercover agent and an employee who infiltrated a terror recruitment ring by assuming the persona of jihadis, according to court documents. Sewell, 18, described himself to the undercover employee as "lone wolf" and "Lone Lion of Tawhid". Sewell is now considered convicted because of his admission, which is called a guilty plea in the courts here. When an accused pleads guilty, prosecutors often agree in return seek a to a more lenient punishment as they … [Read more...] about American LeT recruiter admits to helping terror group
By Audra D. S. Burch The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 ATLANTA—On the fifth floor of the Atlanta Police Department headquarters, more than a dozen investigative files of dead children are neatly spread across three tables. A handwritten list, scribbled in red ink, provides the names of some of the children who were killed. The years of each killing — 1979, 1980 and 1981 — are taped on three walls, along with grainy photos of the children, almost all of them smiling. Old homicide logs are stacked on another table. Inside the pages, among the details is the story of the Atlanta child killings, one of the most vexing cases in the city’s history. Forty years ago, Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer who snatched and killed two dozen children, aged 7 to 17. They vanished with spine-chilling regularity, only to have their bodies discovered weeks or months later. In rivers. Under a bridge. Behind dumpsters. The menacing drumbeat of child … [Read more...] about Who killed Atlanta’s children?