- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 6, 2005

BRITAIN

Bombing suspect charged in London

LONDON — British police charged a 24-year-old man yesterday with conspiracy to murder on London’s public transit system on July 21, and possession of an explosive substance.

Yassin Hassan Omar, 24, from north London, will appear in court tomorrow over the charges — the first stemming directly from a failed attempt on July 21 to repeat the July 7 bombings, which left 56 persons dead, including the four bombers.

The Metropolitan Police said Mr. Omar was charged with conspiring with others unknown, on or before July 21, “to murder passengers on the transport for London system.”

TURKEY

Tanker explosion kills six, injures 14

ANKARA — At least six persons were burned to death and 14 injured yesterday when a tanker truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas exploded on a road in southern Turkey, officials and press reports said.

The explosion occurred as a result of a traffic accident on a road in the province of Gaziantep, emergency services in Ankara said.

The truck exploded after it crashed into barriers erected for road maintenance and several other vehicles nearby were reduced to blackened metal shells.

SPAIN

Pilot, firefighter killed fighting fires

MADRID — The pilot of a light airplane and a firefighter were killed yesterday battling forest fires in central and northeastern Spain, police said.

The pilot was killed when his aircraft struck a mountain while fighting a blaze in Medeiros, in northwestern Galicia, police said.

The firefighter died after being struck by a rock fall as his team tackled a blaze near Casavieja in central Avila province.

The fatalities follow those of 11 experienced firefighters killed on July 17 when trapped by a fire that destroyed more than 32,000 acres of pine trees in the central Guadalajara region.

FRANCE

Fire injures 12 in Paris subway

PARIS — Twelve persons were treated for minor smoke inhalation when an underground train caught fire in northern Paris yesterday, firefighters and transport officials said.

The blaze, which was caused by a short-circuit in a car of the metro train, broke out at a stop and caused large amounts of smoke that spread to other stations, they said.

About 200 firefighters were sent to deal with the accident.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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