At least 12 dead in Brazil bank rob­bery shootout

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - WORLD -

BRASILIA: At least 12 peo­ple were killed Fri­day, in­clud­ing six po­lice­men, in an early morn­ing shootout be­tween po­lice and bank rob­bers in a small town in north­east­ern Brazil, the state gover­nor’s of­fice said. Five hostages, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, died in the shootout, lo­cal me­dia re­ported, when po­lice in­ter­rupted a gang try­ing to rob ATMs at two bank branches on the main street in Mi­la­gres in the in­te­rior of Ceara state. “Our pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion is that 12 peo­ple died, in­clud­ing six po­lice of­fi­cers,” a spokes­woman for the gover­nor said by tele­phone. The G1 news web­site, quot­ing Mi­la­gres Mayor Liel­son Landim, re­ported that the five dead hostages be­longed to the same fam­ily. Their car had been hi­jacked on a nearby high­way and taken into town by the armed gang. –

U.K. teenager jailed for bomb threats to schools

LON­DON: A Bri­tish teenager who sent hoax bomb threats to schools across Bri­tain and the United States and caused a se­cu­rity scare at an Amer­i­can air­port was jailed for three years Fri­day, pros­e­cu­tors said. Ge­orge Duke-Co­han, 19, emailed thou­sands of schools in the U.K. with a bomb threat in March, Lu­ton Crown Court had heard. He was ar­rested just days later but while still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he sent more email threats to Bri­tish and U.S. schools, claim­ing a pipe bomb had been planted on their premises. His calls led to the evac­u­a­tion of more than 400 Bri­tish schools. He was ar­rested again but af­ter be­ing re­leased on bail Duke-Co­han caused havoc at San Fran­cisco Air­port with a call claim­ing a U.S.-bound flight had been hi­jacked. –

Crim­i­nals, Tal­iban threaten young Afghan Messi fan

KABUL: A young Afghan soc­cer fan who shot to fame af­ter he was pho­tographed in a Messi shirt made from a plas­tic bag has fled with his fam­ily to the cap­i­tal af­ter crim­i­nal gangs and the Tal­iban threat­ened to kill or kid­nap him. Shafiqa Ahmedi said Fri­day that crim­i­nals threat­ened to kid­nap her now-7-year-old son Murtaza, a fan of Ar­gen­tinian soc­cer star Lionel Messi, af­ter de­mand­ing money. The pic­ture of Murtaza in his plas­tic Messi shirt play­ing foot­ball went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia two years ago. He met his hero in De­cem­ber last year. Since be­com­ing an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion, Shafiqa said her son has not been able to at­tend school and now they are liv­ing in a cold, un­heated room in Kabul. –

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