- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2003


Car bombing kills 6, hurts 12

BOGOTA — At least six persons, including two police officers, were killed and 12 civilians injured when a car bomb exploded yesterday in a grimy commercial district known for selling smuggled goods in Colombia’s capital.

No group fighting in the country’s four-decade guerrilla war immediately claimed responsibility for the blast — the worst car bombing in Bogota since 36 persons were killed and 160 wounded at the exclusive Nogal Club in February.

Two officers were killed after arriving in the San Andresito district to investigate a telephone call about a suspicious vehicle. About 110 pounds of explosives packed in a jeep detonated.


Cops hurt in clash, militant arrested

RIYADH — Saudi police clashed yesterday with Islamic militants planning terrorist attacks, arresting one militant after detaining three suspected accomplices earlier this week, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

An Interior Ministry official told the agency two police officers were injured in the shootout at a farm in northern Qasim district. At least three suspected militants escaped after seizing a bystander’s car at gunpoint.


Second missile tested in a week

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan conducted its second nuclear-capable missile test in less than a week yesterday, launching a medium-range rocket capable of hitting New Delhi and most other targets inside archrival India.

The army said it yesterday successfully test fired the Hatf 4 missile, also known as the Shaheen 1. The missile has a range of 435 miles.

Pakistan tested a short-range Hatf 3 Ghaznavi missile Friday.


Bus crash kills 52, mostly schoolgirls

JAKARTA — At least 52 persons, mostly young schoolgirls, were killed when their bus collided with a truck and a minivan in Indonesia’s East Java, a senior police officer said today.

The bus was carrying the schoolgirls from Bali to Yogyakarta late last night when the accident occurred in Situbondo regency, some 515 miles east of the capital, Jakarta.

“There are 52 victims so far. They are the passengers of the bus and were burned to death as a result of the crash,” said Situbondo Police Chief Tugas Dwi Apriyanto.


Dozens arrested after union protest

HARARE — Zimbabwean police arrested dozens of demonstrators yesterday, breaking up a march called by the country’s main labor union group to oppose high taxes and soaring prices sparked by the country’s economic crisis.

A senior union official said Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions President Lovemore Matombo and Secretary-General Wellington Chibebe were detained in Harare, and five regional union leaders had been arrested in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city.

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