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Helicopter crash leaves five dead
The death toll from a helicopter crash in southern Kazakhstan rose to five yesterday, officials said, as the state news agency reported that senior officials were among the casualties.
The Emergency Ministry's Russian-made MI-8T helicopter crashed Thursday while local officials were inspecting flooded areas in the Kzyl-Orda region.
The accident killed five people and seriously injured another 13, the Ministry said in a statement yesterday. It said the cause of the accident was being investigated.
Fire on train
A train running between the Bulgarian capital Sofia and the northeastern town of Kardam went on fire Thursday night, leaving at least three people dead and nine injured, a transport ministry spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse yesterday.
"At least three people died in the fire that erupted around 11:40 p.m. (Bulgaria time) near the central town of Cherven Briag," Valentina Luleva said.
"Nine people were injured," she added.
Troops for Kosovo
Germany is to send more troops to Kosovo after turbulence following the province's declaration of independence from Serbia, an army source said yesterday.
Germany would send the extra troops from Bavaria in the next few days as part of a training exercise but the transfer was also meant to demonstrate the force's strength in the context of recent violence, the source said.
Kosovo's 90-percent Albanian majority announced its independence from Serbia on February 17, and the declaration has been met with daily, sometimes violent, protests by Serbs.
Backed by Russia, Serbia and Kosovo's 120,000 remaining Serbs have rejected the Western-backed secession.
Pakistan bomb
A roadside bomb killed a senior police officer and his driver yesterday as they drove through a militancy-plagued region of northwestern Pakistan, police said.
The bomb killed Javed Iqbal, the deputy police chief of the Lakki Marwat district of North West Frontier Province, and his driver as they were driving through the district, said Khaled Khan, a police official. It was unclear who was behind the attack.
The government last year deployed thousands of extra security forces to Lakki Marwat and neighboring districts to prevent it from falling under the control of Taliban-style militants.
The district borders South Waziristan, a tribally governed region that serves as a base for militants fighting in neighboring Afghanistan.


Updated : 2021-05-16 01:33 GMT+08:00