- The Washington Times - Friday, October 28, 2005

NETHERLANDS

Fire kills 11 in airport detention

AMSTERDAM — A fire early yesterday killed 11 persons and injured 15 at a detention center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport housing suspected drug traffickers and illegal aliens, police said.

Four of the 15 injured were still hospitalized, and eight detainees were missing, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said. Helicopters were used to search for them. About 300 people were detained in the complex at the time of the fire.

JAPAN

U.S. nuclear carrier wins basing rights

Japan has agreed to the stationing of a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier there in 2008 when the conventionally powered USS Kitty Hawk is brought home for decommissioning, a Navy official said yesterday.

The Japanese government notified the Diet of the move, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We’re taking a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and putting it in Japan, and bringing back the Kitty Hawk in 2008 for decommissioning,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We wanted to put our best and most capable platform forward deployed to keep the peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

IRAQ

Shi’ite-Sunni clash leaves 15 dead

BAGHDAD — Sunni Arab militants killed 14 Shi’ite militiamen and a policeman yesterday in a clash after police and militiamen loyal to radical Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr raided a house in Nahrawan, 15 miles southeast of the capital.

After freeing a hostage and capturing two militants, the Shi’ite militiamen were ambushed by the Sunnis on their way out of the religiously mixed town.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military reported that three more American soldiers died in combat. Two Army soldiers were killed Wednesday when their convoy hit a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Another soldier died Wednesday in an ambush 37 miles north of Baghdad.

The killings raised the U.S. military death toll to at least 2,004 since the start of the war in 2003.

PAKISTAN

London bomber gets quiet burial

LAHORE — The remains of one of the four suicide bombers in the July 7 attacks in London were buried quietly yesterday in a Pakistani village of his ancestors, relatives said.

The mother of Shehzad Tanweer brought the remains of her son Wednesday from London to Lahore, capital of the central province of Punjab. They were driven to Chhotian Kota village, where the remains were to be buried at a local shrine to an Islamic saint.

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban extradited from Pakistan

KABUL — Afghan officials yesterday welcomed the extradition of 14 suspected Taliban members from neighboring Pakistan, saying they hoped the move would mark a new era of cooperation.

Kabul has accused Islamabad of being soft on Taliban militants who base themselves on the Pakistani side of the border and sneak into Afghanistan to carry out attacks.

Among those extradited to Kabul on Wednesday was Latif Hakimi, a purported Taliban spokesman who was arrested in the Pakistani city of Quetta last month.

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