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Two U.S. sailors shot dead in Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain
Two U.S. sailors were shot dead and a third critically wounded in their barracks in the pro-Western Gulf state of Bahrain yesterday, the U.S. military said.
"Two sailors were fatally shot and one critically wounded... at approximately 5 a.m. (Bahrain time) on October 22," according to a statement from the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet which is based in Bahrain.
"The shootings took place in the on-base barracks," it said.
Two sailors were pronounced dead at the scene and the third was taken to a local hospital for treatment, the military said, adding that it would not disclose the names of the victims until the next of kin was informed.
The incident is currently under investigation, the military said, adding that the base had been closed temporarily after the shooting.
Bombs kill 7 in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq
Bombs struck Shiite targets in Baghdad yesterday, killing at least seven people and wounding two dozen, and an adviser to a prominent Sunni politician was gunned down in a western section of the capital, police said.
The violence began about 8:45 a.m. (Baghdad time) when a bomb exploded in a square frequented by municipal workers from a nearby building in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah in southeastern Baghdad. Within minutes, another blast struck police arriving at the scene to help with rescue efforts.
In all, three civilians were killed and 11 people wounded, including four policemen, in the blasts, police said.
A roadside bomb struck a minibus near Kahramanah Square in Karradah, another predominantly Shiite neighborhood in central Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 12, police said.
Pirates seize ship
NAIROBI, Kenya
Somali pirates have seized a cargo ship off the east African coast, the head of a local seafarer's association said yesterday.
Gunmen attacked the vessel on Wednesday, said Andrew Mwangura, the program coordinator of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program, but due to chaotic communications with war-ravaged Somalia the incident had taken several days to confirm.
He did not have details on the number or nationality of the crew members aboard the Almarjan, a cargo ship of over 2,500 tons that was flying under a flag from the Comoros Islands and operated by Dubai-based Biyat International.
There were two other attacks on ships off the Somali coast on Saturday, he added, and one of the boats had been fired upon.
Murder of reggae star
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder last week of reggae star Lucky Dube, South African police said yesterday.
Dube, 43, was shot three times in front of his two children on Thursday, in what police said was an attempted carjacking.
Police Superintendent Eugene Opperman said five men were arrested in an early morning raid on a house east of Johannesburg on Sunday and would appear in court today.
"They will be appearing at the magistrate court to face various charges which will be specified later," he said.