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Tan­za­nian ty­coon kid­napped

A ty­coon said to be Tan­za­nia’s wealth­i­est res­i­dent has been kid­napped from a spa ho­tel by masked gun­men. Mo­hammed Dewji was ab­ducted yes­ter­day shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing at the gym at the Colos­seum Ho­tel Oys­ter Bay in Dar es Salaam. Po­lice said three for­eign­ers had been de­tained in con­nec­tion with the kid­nap­ping of Dewji, known to fel­low coun­try­men as “Mo”. How­ever, con­flict­ing re­ports have sur­faced sur­round­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of the 43-year-old and a mo­tive for his ab­duc­tion re­mains un­clear. Fi­nan­cial mag­a­zine Forbes puts Dewji’s wealth at US$1.5 bil­lion ($2.3b), and in a 2017 re­port, it said Dewji was Africa’s youngest bil­lion­aire. Dar es Salaam is seen as a rel­a­tively safe city. How­ever, crime in­volv­ing well-known fig­ures is on the rise.

Seven killed in mall col­lapse

A shop­ping mall un­der con­struc­tion in the Mex­i­can city of Mon­ter­rey col­lapsed yes­ter­day, killing at least seven peo­ple and leav­ing an­other 10 miss­ing, of­fi­cials said. Two peo­ple were pulled alive from the rub­ble, ac­cord­ing to the civil de­fence of­fice in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, where Mon­ter­rey is lo­cated. The con­crete slabs of the three-storey struc­ture ap­pear to have pan­caked, fall­ing one atop an­other. All of the vic­tims ap­pear to have been con­struc­tion work­ers em­ployed at the build­ing site. Be­tween 20 and 25 work­ers were be­lieved to be work­ing there when the col­lapse oc­curred.

12 die in mud­slide

Colom­bian disas­ter of­fi­cials say at least 12 peo­ple have died in a mud­slide that swept through their moun­tain­side homes. Of­fi­cials say the slide in the cen­tral Colom­bian town of Mar­que­talia caught the vic­tims while the slept. Four of the dead were chil­dren. Of­fi­cials said 53 peo­ple were res­cued. Heavy rains cause floods and mud­slides that kill dozens of peo­ple ev­ery year in Colom­bia. Yes­ter­day’s mud­slide de­stroyed seven homes and af­fected 16 fam­i­lies. Colom­bia’s Na­tional In­sti­tute for En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies warned that eight prov­inces in the coun­try could face mud­slides in the com­ing days.

FBI faces mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions

The FBI has re­as­signed sev­eral em­ploy­ees based in Asia amid al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct. The agency re­leased a state­ment in re­sponse to a Wall Street Jour­nal re­port yes­ter­day that the Jus­tice De­part­ment’s in­spec­tor gen­eral was in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions against FBI em­ploy­ees in some half a dozen cities, in­clud­ing lo­ca­tions in East and South­east Asia.

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