- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 1, 2005

KUWAIT

5 killed in shootout at terrorist hide-out

KUWAIT CITY — Police intensified their crackdown on Islamic militants yesterday, storming several suspected hide-outs and arresting a reputed terrorist leader after a shootout that killed five persons, authorities said.

The fighting in Mubarak al-Kabir, south of Kuwait City, also wounded three suspected terrorists and three police officers , officials said.

The shootout killed four suspects and a civilian, and police detained six persons.

One of the three who surrendered during the raid was militant leader Amer Khlaif al-Enezi, authorities said. Al-Enezi is a former mosque preacher described as a mentor to many young Islamic radicals.

FRANCE

Defendants in court over fatal tunnel fire

BONNEVILLE — A judge told a packed courtroom he would “search for truth, without concessions,” as the trial for the Mont Blanc tunnel fire opened yesterday.

Sixteen defendants face charges in the March 1999 fire, which killed 39 persons and trapped cars, trucks and passengers for days in the Alpine passage linking France and Italy. The fire is thought to have started in a Volvo truck carrying flour and margarine.

Defendants include the Swedish truck maker Volvo AB, the truck’s Belgian driver, and French and Italian operators of the tunnel.

VATICAN CITY

Flu-ridden pontiff cancels appearance

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II yesterday canceled his public schedule after coming down with a mild case of the flu. A Vatican spokesman said the frail 84-year-old pontiff first felt ill Sunday and was advised by doctors to cut back on his activities.

The pope has Parkinson’s disease and crippling knee and hip ailments. It was the first time the pope skipped an audience because of illness since September 2003.

NETHERLANDS

Tribunal sentences Yugoslav ex-general

THE HAGUE — A United Nations war-crimes court sentenced an ailing 71-year-old Yugoslav general to eight years in prison yesterday for failing to punish subordinates who carried out the deadly 1991 shelling of the Croatian town of Dubrovnik.

While convicted of attacking civilians and the intentional destruction of protected cultural monuments, Gen. Pavle Strugar was acquitted of the more-serious charges of murder and ordering the shelling.

The Dec. 6, 1991, attack killed two civilians and destroyed much of medieval Dubrovnik’s protected Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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