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Sri Lanka bombing updates:Bomber safehouses raided; 15 dead

April 29, 2019

  At least 15 suspected militants were killed when they blew themselves up inside their safehouse after government troops in Sri Lanka conducted a follow up raid. The raid took place in Sainthamaruthu, a place which is very near to the hometown of the suspected bombing mastermind who led the attacks on hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 churchgoers and hotel guests. The police said, armed militants opened fire when government soldiers attempted to raid a house of suspected bombers. Then they set of explosives which resulted to the deaths of three women and children. The police have also identified one civilian who was reportedly caught in the crossfire. Television footages have shown charred bodies, a drone, explosives, a rifle, a generator and batteries inside the house.  During a separate raid, government troopers recovered 150 sticks of gelignite explosive, a drone camera, IS flags, thousands of steel pellets. Based on accounts made by local media outlets, there were already more than 70 arrests carried out by police authorities and those detained persons suspected of taking part in the Easter Sunday bombings now reached over a hundred. Sri Lankan president Sirisena told members of the media that they have the arrests of 130 suspects linked to IS and still hunting for 70 more suspects who were in the country to carry out bombings.  Who were the bombers on Easter Sunday? Credit to the video owners Sri Lankan president Sirisena has confirmed that the alleged ring leader who carried out the attacks on hotels and churches was a certain Zahran Hashim, who also died during the bombing of Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. At least 9 people were suspected of carrying out the attacks based on intel reports. Intelligence reports and investigations have it that two of the alleged bombers are said to be sons of a wealthy spice trader in the country identified as Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim. He was one of Sri Lanka's richest men. The government invited him for questioning and also detained him after the attacks. One of Ibrahim's sons was allegedly the suspect who bombed Shangri-La hotel accompanied by ring leader. His other son also carried out the bombing of a high end Cinnamon Grand hotel, which is only a walking distance. Ibrahim's daughter in law reportedly detonated the bomb that blew them up during a government raid at the family's villa reportedly to avoid arresting police officers who conducted the raid. Some police officers, women and children were killed in the blast.  

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Hate-filled gunman opens fire inside Synagogue; Rabbi wounded

April 29, 2019

(MDN digital, April 28) - A hate-filled gunman opened fire Saturday inside a synagogue in Poway, Chabad California, killing one and wounding 3 others including the rabbi who was hit by the bullet in his hand while he was about to preach the message of the Passover freedom holiday. Police authorities identified those who died as Lori Kaye, while those injured were Rabbi Yisrael Goldstein, Almog Peretz, a 34-year-old man from Israel who was only visiting the place; and a still unidentified 8-year-old girl.  The lone fatality Lori Kaye was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital after the shooting but she died later. Kaye was only visiting the church to say a little prayer for her mother when she met her untimely death from a hate-filled gunman who positioned himself in front of the church entrance when he started firing. Investigation disclosed that Kaye protected the Rabbi by jumping in between the rabbi and the gunman, thus she was caught by the bullet supposedly for the Rabbi. The shooting incident took place inside a synagogue during the Passover celebration, considered among the holiest Jewish celebrations in history.   One of the injured victims Almog Peretz told reporters he is now slowly improving after he was hit by a shrapnel during the blast. He said he saw the shooter standing near the entrance door of the synagogue.  Peretz told CNN "He didn't yell anything specifically at (me)," he said. "He was across the way. He was shooting at me from across the room. I saw him staring at me."  

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1 dead, 7 injured in Baltimore indiscriminate firing

April 29, 2019

BALTIMORE (MDN digital , April 28) - Indiscriminate firing of a lone gunman on Sunday night in Baltimore resulted to the death of one person and injuring seven others. The gunman approached two cookouts and started firing at the crowd along the corners of Edmondson and Whitmore, and pointing his gun at several men and women. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said that based on initial investigation one of the victims ran towards the Perkins Square Baptist Church, Unfortunately he already sustained gunshot wound and died later. Six other wounded persons were rushed to nearby hospitals but they have non-life threatening injuries. Police are still 'facing a blank wall' as to the motive of the gunman. But investigators clarified that while the shooting incidents were near the two churches - Doswell Cathedral and Perkins Square - it did not have any relation at all. Acting Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young challenged the residents to report any information that will lead to the immediate arrest of the suspect, or the motive of indescriminately firing innocent civilians. 

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6.1 magnitude earthquake also jolts India  

April 25, 2019

Cagayan de Oro (MDN Digital, April 24) - After two strong tremors jolted Philippines, this time a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 in the richter scale, has also trembled northeastern state of Arunachal Predesh in India early Wednesday.   According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was found about 25 miles southeast of Along. It reportedly struck around 1:45 am.   Arunachal, Pradesh is home to 1.2 million people, based on the website owned by the government but it is considered less densely populated place in the country. The tremor was felt in Tiber, according to a China based news agency Xinhua. Beijing and New Delhi. Beijing and New Delhi have been disputing which of them has the right dispute claims over the land China is claiming about 90,000 square kilometers of the total territory, while India want Arunachal Pradesh. Myanmar and Bhutan also borders over Arunachal Pradesh    

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207 dead in Sri Lanka's coordinated blasts

April 22, 2019

The number of people dead in what could be an act of terror that hit several five star hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday have reached to 207. Based on Ruptly reports, there were already seven people who were reportedly arrested in connection with the bombings in Sri Lanka's suburbs, during follow up raids conducted by police operatives in Colombo of Dematagoda. A video footage above shows a suspected bomber reportedly arrested at a Dematagoda house. According to reports obtained by MDN Digital, two police operatives have lost their lives during said operations. No one has yet claimed responsibility of the well-planned and well-coordinated bombings according to police authorities in Sri Lanka. In total, there were eight blasts recorded by authorities on Easter Sunday; six in Colombo district and two others in separate locations in the country. Three hotels and three churches were bombed, a housing project and another one a guest house. Social media has been tremporarily blocked by the Sri Lankan government while security forces are still conducting operations in relation to the Easter bombings.   The Police are still 'facing a blank wall' as to who did the so-called barbaric act that only people with radical minds are capable of doing. Sri Lanka's five star hotels that were included in the blasts were Kingsbury Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Hotel. While the churches bombed were St Anthony, a church in Batticaloa, and Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe on his twit said "I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation."   

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Ex Peru President Shot Himself Dead

April 19, 2019

LIMA, Peru - A former president of the country of Peru shot himself dead on Wednesday (April 17,2019) reportedly to avoid arrest from police authorities who arrived at his house and execute the arrest order. Former president Allan Garcia was still rushed to the Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima but attending physicians pronounced him dead three hours later. Garcia was accused of taking bribes from one of the biggest construction companies in the country known as Odebrecht. But until his untimely demise, the former president has maintained that he was a victim of political peresecution and his dectractors has no solid evidence to prove their allegations. Prior to his death, Garcia sought assylum at the Uruguayan embassy in November, but his request was reportedly denied in December of last year. Police investigation disclosed that police authorities reportedly stormed at Garcia's front door to execute the arrest but before they could hand over the arrest papers, a gunshot was heard inside Garcia's house. Garcia, 69 year's old, put a bullet in his skull. The doctors tried all their best to revive the former president but he expired three hours after extensive medical operation. His death was even confirmed by the incumbent president of the country, President Martinez Vizcarra. Interior Minister Carlos Moran told reporters that prior to the former president's death he has told police that he needed to call his lawyer. He went to his room and locked the door. In just minutes, government authorities heard a shot from a firearm inside his room. They forcibly opened the door and found the former president sitting and already bathed in blood coming from his head. Gracia has served his country for two terms. His first was from 1985 to 1990 and another term was from 2006  to 2011.     The former president was investigated since February 2011 due to alleged bribery from a Brazillian company reportedly in return for contracts in favor of the construction firm Odebrecht. The construction company has earlier admitted they allegedly bribed the Garcia administration to the tune of $29 Million they allegedly gave to Peruvian officials. But then President Garcia denied the accusations and instead pointed to his dectractors and political opponents as behind the smear campaign to malign his administration. The country has been plagued with corruptions in years and this also resulted to the arrest of another former president of Peru arrested and detained last week. He was identified by police authorities as former president Pedro Pablo Kucyznski.  

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