Bandit leaves cheeky clue for Australian detectives
SYDNEY: Australian detectives have been left with a cheeky clue after discovering that a large print on a glass door at a crime scene came from someone’s bare buttocks. Police in Victoria state believe the “bum bandit” was with two others when they did the “full moon” during a break-in at a community centre in the city of Wodonga over the weekend. “I’ve never seen anyone’s bum print turn up at a crime scene,” Detective Sergeant Graeme Simpfendorfer said yesterday. “The crime scene officer who was dusting for prints... with every stroke, he was thinking, ‘what have we got here? ’“He came and told us and just said, ‘I’ve got a butt print. It’s certainly not just from a pair of jeans or tracksuit pants. This guy’s pants down.’ “It was quite obvious to him and when we looked at it, it’s obviously quite clear that he’s actually gone the full moon.” Simpfendorfer said the trio, believed to be aged in their late teens or early 20s, stole a television and sprayed a fire extinguisher around the centre.
Palestinian wielding knife shot dead at a checkpoint
JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was shot dead at a West Bank checkpoint yesterday after walking towards guards with a knife in his hand, Israeli police said. “A Palestinian attempted to cross the checkpoint using the vehicle lane and approached security guards brandishing a knife,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. “The terrorist was neutralized,” she added, later confirming he had been killed. There were no Israeli casualties. Palestinian security sources identified the dead man as Jihad Khalil, 48, from near Nablus in the northern West Bank. The incident happened at the Qalandia checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Jerusalem, which is used by thousands of Palestinians every day. The heavily fortified checkpoint is a hated symbol of Israeli occupation for Palestinians and has seen a number of attacks during an upsurge of violence over the past year. Since October 2015, 240 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed, according to an AFP count.
19 killed as Yemeni govt forces and rebels clash
ADEN: Renewed clashes between Yemeni government forces and rebels killed 19 people yesterday, military officials said a day after a fragile 48-hour ceasefire expired without halting the violence. Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi repelled an attack by Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies on the outskirts of Taez city in the southwest, the officials said. The attack that began late on Monday targeted the Al-Dhabab area, which provides pro-Hadi forces with their only access to the flashpoint city that is surrounded by insurgents. Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition took part in defensive operations and repelling the attack, officials said. Eleven rebels and five government soldiers were killed, they added. Meanwhile, three soldiers were killed and four wounded late Monday by rebel sniper fire in the area of the northwestern coastal town of Midi, a military official said. The Houthis have been trying to advance on Midi’s harbor, which is controlled by pro-Hadi forces, the official said.
Sudan protesters face trial over fuel demos
KHARTOUM: Eight people arrested in Sudan for allegedly protesting against a government decision to raise fuel prices went on trial in the capital yesterday. They were among 26 suspected protesters including 12 women detained over the past two days after small rallies in Khartoum were swiftly dispersed by riot policemen. An AFP correspondent in court cited prosecutors as saying that the remaining 18 defendants would appear in court over the next few days. All 26 have been charged with disturbing the peace. Protesters have staged small demonstrations over the past few days after the government hiked the prices of petrol and diesel by about 30 percent. Several opposition politicians and activists have also been arrested for calling for anti-government demonstrations after the price rises. The authorities are seeking to prevent a repeat of two months of protests in 2013 that resulted in a deadly crackdown that rights groups say killed 200 people. Four dead, four missing as landslides hit N Caledonia
NOUMEA: Four people-including two children-are dead and four missing after torrential rain triggered landslides on the French overseas territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, officials said yesterday. Rain has been battering the remote islands since the weekend, sparking two mudslides in the Houailou area, around 235 kilometers northwest of the capital Noumea yesterday. The body of an eight-year-old girl was recovered in mountainous Gouareu, one of two remote communities hardest hit by the disaster. Her injured mother was evacuated and was in a “stable condition”, officials said. A seven-year-old child and a woman in her 30s were also found dead in a nearby area. The fourth victim was a 60-year-old woman whose body was discovered in Gouareu. Rescuers, including an army medical team and 30 soldiers, have been deployed to search for those still missing. All roads, electrical supplies and telephone lines to the area have been cut off and poor weather is hampering rescue efforts.
Israeli soldiers and forensics move the body of a Palestinian man who was shot and killed at Qalandia checkpoint, near Jerusalem yesterday. — AP