- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

PAKISTAN

Interpol gets DNA of Mumbai terrorists

PARIS | Pakistan has provided Interpol with DNA profiles of suspected terrorists linked to the Mumbai attacks, the international police agency said Sunday.

Interpol said it immediately ran the information through its international database of

some 85,000 DNA profiles to help Pakistani investigators carry out their search for “the full international dimension” of the attacks. It did not say whether there were any matches.

India says the 10 gunmen - only one of whom was caught alive - were Pakistanis and blamed a Pakistan-based militant group for the November terrorist attacks that killed 164 people.

Interpol said from its Lyon, France, headquarters that it had received the information Saturday.

JAPAN

FedEx plane crashes at airport

TOKYO | The pilot and co-pilot of a FedEx cargo plane that crashed at an airport in Japan died, police said.

Police spokesman Yoshino Ichihara said the two were confirmed dead Monday morning at a hospital near Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

Mr. Ichihara said Federal Express informed police that pilot Kevin Kylemosley, 54, and his co-pilot, Anthony Stephen-Pino, 49, died in the crash, but police have yet to officially confirm their identities.

The plane smashed into the longer of Narita’s two runways, airport spokeswoman Misuho Fukuda said.

The FedEx cargo plane crashed early Monday amid heavy winds at Tokyo’s international airport and burst into flames on the runway.

AFGHANISTAN

U.S., Kabul dispute raid victims

KABUL | U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops killed five suspected militants during a raid in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, the coalition said in a statement. But the local mayor said his house was targeted and that the dead included his cook and driver.

Civilian deaths in coalition raids are an increasingly sensitive issue with President Hamid Karzai in the fight against the Taliban and other militants. The raids are often conducted with Afghan forces, but the joint operations have done little to dampen anger at international troops over civilian casualties.

Such deaths turn residents against the foreign troops that back Mr. Karzai’s government. But U.S. and NATO officials say militants regularly operate out of homes and portray dead fighters as civilians to stoke public anger.

SAUDI ARABIA

Shi’ites arrested over secession talk

RIYADH | i police have arrested at least 11 Shi’ites in eastern Saudi Arabia after a firebrand preacher attacked the Sunni authorities over recent sectarian clashes, police and Shi’ite sources said on Sunday.

Tewfik al-Saif, an intellectual from the Eastern Province, said a total of 14 Shi’ites were arrested in Awwamiyya during several days of sit-ins in protest against police raids in search of preacher Nimr al-Nimr, who has gone missing.

Mr. al-Nimr reportedly suggested in a sermon that Shi’ites could one day seek to secede from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Shi’ites live in the eastern, oil-producing part of the country.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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