Sol­diers killed in at­tack on ve­hi­cle


This street cleaner is def­i­nitely a force to be reck­oned with. Driv­ers along Route 460 in Blacks­burg in the US last week were sur­prised to see the Sith Lord Darth Vader, from the Star Wars fran­chise, help­ing keep the road­side clean. How­ever, this wasn’t a case of com­mu­nity ser­vice for evil deeds such as blow­ing up the peace­ful world of Alder­aan. In­stead, Vader adopted a 2km stretch through the Adopt-a-High­way pro­gramme, which is run in Blacks­burg. Un­der the mask was for­mer lo­cal res­i­dent Henry Wak­ley, who now lives in New Zealand, but was back home in Blacks­burg for two weeks so he de­cided to clean the place up. “I like to get out here and dress up be­cause it makes peo­ple smile driv­ing by,” Wak­ley told WSLS-TV. “The lack of clean­li­ness dis­rupts me.” The sta­tion said that through­out the day, numer­ous driv­ers honked their horns, waved or even stopped by to take a pic­ture. Wak­ley said it had been a fun way to bring aware­ness to the en­vi­ron­ment. “We need to end this de­struc­tive be­hav­iour to re­store the galaxy,” he added. He said some­one even alerted po­lice that Bat­man was walk­ing along the high­way. Pak­istani po­lice said un­known gun­men killed three sol­diers in the north­west­ern city of Pe­shawar. Po­lice of­fi­cer Shaukat Khan said gun­men struck yes­ter­day morn­ing, at­tack­ing a pri­vate ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing the three sol­diers. Khan said at­tack­ers fled the scene on a mo­tor­cy­cle and a search op­er­a­tion was un­der way. No one claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack but Is­lamic mil­i­tants have been in­volved in mul­ti­ple such at­tacks in and around the provin­cial cap­i­tal, which is sur­rounded by lawless tribal re­gions.

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