THE NEW LIGHT OF MYANMAR Saturday, 26 February, 2011
Five killed as 40 NATO oil tankersattacked in Pakistan
, 25 Feb At least five people were killed as 40 NATO oiltankers were attacked early Friday morning by some unknown militants inPakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar, reported local English TV channelExpress. According to the report, the incident took place at about 2:00 am(local time) Friday when some unknown militants fired at the NATO oiltankers parked by the roadside in the downtown area of Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northwest Pakistan.The attack caused a huge fire on the oil tankers. Fire tenders rushed to thesite immediately following the report of the attack. It took hours to bring thefire under control, the report quoted an eyewitness as saying. Four people,believed to be the drivers and cleaners of the containers, died during theattack, said the report, adding that the police have sealed off the site andlaunched an investigation into the case.
A convoy of NATO supply trucks driven byPakistani drivers are seen as they prepare tocross into Afghanistan near the border town of Chaman.
Two US droneattacks kill sixin Pakistanitribal area
, 25 FebAt least six people werekilled Thursday eveningwhen two US dronesfired missiles into thenorthwestern Pakistanitribal area of NorthWaziristan, local sourcessaid. In the first strike,four missiles were firedat a suspected militantshideout at the Data Khelarea near Miranshah, themain town in NorthWaziristan locals said.Shortly after theattack killed four people,a second pilotless aircraftlanded two missiles atthe same area, targetinga vehicle and killing twopeople near the borderwith Afghanistan.Since Thursdayafternoon, five USdrones have been flyingover the tribal area of North Waziristan andtribal men were firingwith mortars and heavyguns trying to shoot themdown, local sources told
‘Dark days’ in N Zealandas earthquake kills 113
, 25 FebNew Zealand warnedfrantic relatives to brace for the worst Friday ashundreds of toiling rescuers failed to find moresurvivors after a devastating earthquake left at least113 dead.As rain hampered the painstaking search of Christchurch’s devastated city centre, ForeignMinister Murray McCully admitted: “The rescuefocus is drawing towards a conclusion.”“We’re getting to the end of that period inwhich you can still have hope,” McCully said.No one has been found alive since the last of 70survivors pulled from underneath rubble wasrescued from a collapsed office building two daysago.Police said 113 bodies were lying in a temporarymorgue, while the latest number of missing was228 after Tuesday’s earthquake laid waste to centralChristchurch and several suburbs in New Zealand’sworst disaster in 80 years.The city’s iconic cathedral lost its spire, officeblocks folded like packs of cards and entire streetslost their shop frontages in the shallow, 6.3-magnitude tremor, which came just months after amajor 7.0 quake.
Rubble from the ruined spire of ChristchurchCathedral lies on top of a car in Christchurch.
Fire at Houston daycare centre kills three, injures four
, 25 Feb Akitchen fire filled a homedaycare centre withsmoke on Thursday,killing three children and
Emergency Personnel respond to the location where afire broke out at a daycare centre operated by JessicaTata, killing three children and injuring four others, on24 Feb, 2011, in Houston.
Five dead, three injured in militaryacademy blast in Spain
, 25 FebA powerfulexplosion at a Spanish militaryacademy killed five soldiers andwounded three others on Thursdaywhen a bomb disposal drill went awry,the Defence Ministry said.Soldiers getting ready to deploy aspeacekeepers with the UN mission insouth Lebanon were carrying out anexercise involving a controlleddetonation of anti-tank mines whenthe ordnance exploded before thesoldiers could move a safe distanceaway, an ministry official. “They werepreparing to deactivate explosives inLebanon. They were preparing to savelives in Lebanon when they lost theirown,” Defence Minister Carme
Key soldier reaches plea deal in Afghan murder case
, 25 FebA key suspect in the US Army prosecution of soldiersaccused of terrorizing unarmed Afghan civilians has agreed to plead guilty tomurder charges next week and testify against his co-defendants, his lawyersaid on Thursday. Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock has signed documentsstating his intention to plead guilty to three counts of premeditated murder andseveral other offenses when summoned 3 March for court-martial at JointBase Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.The deal with prosecutors, which is subject to the approval of a militaryjudge, calls for Morlock, 22, from Wasilla, Alaska, to serve no more than 24years in prison, as opposed to the life term he faced if convicted of all chargesin a trial.
injuring four others.Firefighters ran withbabies and small childrenin their arms to nearbyambulances on thecrowded street, a fireofficial said.All seven children inJackie’s Child Care weretaken to hospitals, saidRick Flanagan, HoustonFire Department’s exec-utive assistant chief. Theyranged in age from 18months to 3 years old,officials said.Neighbour MichaelMcAndrews said he saw“smoke billowing out of the house and firemen upon the roof, trying tomake a hole.” Aroundfront, firefighters werecarrying children out of the smoke-filled house,then performing CPR inthe yard.Chacon said. The blast occurred at anarmy academy in Hoyo de Manzares,about 30 kilometres (20 miles)northwest of Madrid.Chacon described the explosionas very powerful and said the victimsincluded some of Spain’s top expertsin bomb disposal and troops who hadjust returned from service inAfghanistan, where Spain also hasforces deployed.Three of the dead were from theArmy and two were Marines. Spainhas about 1,000 troops stationed insouth Lebanon as part of the UnitedNations peacekeeping missionlaunched in 2006 after a war betweenIsrael and Hezbollah.
“They were ash-coloured,” McAndrewssaid. “They weren’tcoughing. They weren’tbreathing.” Flanagan saidno information was imm-ediately available on thenames and ages of thosewho died. The four injured“are apparently stillclinging to life. I don’tthink they’re out of thedarkness yet,” Flanagansaid. One was in criticalcondition and one was ingood condition atChildren’s MemorialHermann Hospital inHouston, said hospitalspokeswoman JenniferHart.
Afghan wounded manrecover inside a local hospital in Spin BoldakDistrict of Kandahar, southof Kabul, Afghanistan, on24 Feb, 2011. A suicidebomber blew himself upThursday in southernAfghanistan, killing oneAfghan intelligence serviceofficer and wounding morethan two dozen other people.
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