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The stranded in Serbia are stuck in about 6,500 homes in remote areas that cannot be reached because of icy, snow-clogged roads with snowbanks reaching up to 16 feet.

Emergency crews were pressing hard to try to clear the snow to deliver badly needed supplies, and helicopters were dispatched to some particularly remote areas in Serbia and neighboring Bosnia.


6 dead, 20 wounded in mortar attack

VILLA RICA | At least six people were killed and more than 20 wounded Thursday in an attack with homemade mortars on the police station in this western town, the regional police chief said.

The dead included the police post’s commander and five civilians, said Col. Ricardo Alarcon, the Cauca state police chief.

The attack came a day after a bomb planted in a tricycle killed nine people and injured 76 outside a police station in the Pacific port of Tumaco.

Leftist rebels are active in both areas, and their arsenals include homemade mortars. Col. Alarcon said it was premature to assign blame for Thursday’s attack in this town of 15,000 people about 15 miles southeast of Cali, the country’s third-largest city.


Explosions rock city; terror suspect questioned

KANO | Multiple blasts Thursday rocked the flash-point city of Maiduguri, the stronghold of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, as authorities interrogated a man believed to be the sect’s spokesman.

Six suspected Boko Haram members also were killed in Maiduguri in what the military said could be signs of divisions in the extremist group, blamed for a wave of deadly attacks targeting mainly northern Nigeria.

The explosions occurred early Thursday, and no casualties were recorded, a police spokesman said.

Residents said they heard five roadside explosions during a night curfew. President Goodluck Jonathan also declared emergency rule Tuesday in Maiduguri in a bid to curb the Islamists’ violence campaign.

The army spokesman said six people were killed in Kabar Maila in a northern area of the city.

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