- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 24, 2002

Swiss aid worker shot dead in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia A 70-year-old Swiss woman working for a humanitarian agency in Somalia was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, government officials said yesterday.
Two men burst into Verena Karrer's home in the port town of Merca, in southern Somalia, on Friday evening and opened fire.
Ali Wawarsame, a neighbor in the town where Ms. Karrer had lived since 1993, said, "Two gunmen attacked her house, but she had no guard. She was hit by 14 bullets."
Ms. Karrer, a midwife, nurse and teacher at a school for war orphans, was working in Merca, 55 miles south of the capital Mogadishu, for an Italian aid agency, the Coordinating Committee of the Organization for Voluntary Services.
Two suspects, including a teacher recently dismissed from the school, were later arrested and held for questioning by police, local authorities said.

Police on alert against strikes
SEOUL South Korean police were put on alert today as workers at state utilities vowed to push ahead with an unprecedented joint strike against privatization.
Thousands of riot police were deployed at major railway, gas and power stations overnight after labor-management negotiations broke down, union leaders said.
The planned strike for tomorrow prompted an emergency meeting of top security officials. Army, non-unionists and other replacement personnel have been ordered to stand by.

Egypt to contest U.S. report on crash
CAIRO Egypt will contest the conclusions of the investigation into the October 1999 crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 if the inquest finds that only an intentional act of the co-pilot can explain the disaster, an official of the state-run airline said yesterday.
"If the [U.S.] report contradicts the Egyptian statement concerning the reasons for the accident, Egypt will submit an objection to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board," said Mohsen Al-Masiri, chief of Egypt's inquiry commission into the accident.
U.S. federal investigators have concluded that the crash of the EgyptAir Boeing 767 off the U.S. Atlantic coast, in which all 217 persons aboard died, happened as a result of intentional human action, sources close to the probe said on Wednesday.
At the time of the crash, the Cairo-bound plane was controlled by co-pilot Gamil Batouty.

Short-circuit blamed for Egypt's train fire
CAIRO An electrical short-circuit was the main cause of the fire that killed 373 persons in Egypt's worst train disaster, a government inquiry has found, according to a report yesterday.
Prime Minister Atef Ebeid has also named a new chief for the country's disaster-plagued railways authority, according to other press reports.
The government's Al-Akhbar daily said the inquiry has pointed to a short-circuit as the "main" cause of the horrific train blaze; some had initially suspected that a cooking fire started by passengers on the long journey caused the disaster.
Most of those who died were burned to death, trapped in packed cars on the southbound train from Cairo early Wednesday.

10 bombs defused in Northern Ireland
BELFAST British security forces have defused 10 pipe bombs believed to have been planted by Protestant paramilitaries in County Londonderry in northwest Northern Ireland, police said yesterday.
Police said they believed the armed Protestant loyalist group, the Ulster Volunteer Force, was responsible for the bombs, none of which caused any injuries or damage.
All of the pipe bombs were found in villages and towns with a majority Catholic population.
Meanwhile, three persons were arrested and a policeman slightly injured yesterday in clashes between Catholics and Protestants in Belfast, police said.
The clashes began after police attempted to disperse a crowd that had gathered in the Limestone Road area north of the city. It has been the scene of sectarian violence between loyalist and nationalist communities in recent months.


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