13 dead in bus crash in Russia

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A handout picture released by Russian Emergency Ministry on July 2, 2017 shows the site of a crash between long-haul passenger and a truck in Russia’s Tatarstan Region. Thirteen people died, two of them children, when a long-haul passenger bus collided with a truck in Russia on July 2, 2017, authorities said. (AFP)
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A handout picture released by Russian Emergency Ministry on July 2, 2017 shows the site of a crash between long-haul passenger and a truck in Russia’s Tatarstan Region. Thirteen people died, two of them children, when a long-haul passenger bus collided with a truck in Russia on July 2, 2017, authorities said. (AFP)
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13 dead in bus crash in Russia

MOSCOW: Thirteen people died, two of them children, when a long-haul passenger bus collided with a truck in Russia on Sunday, authorities said.
The bus was traveling from Samara on the Volga river to Izhevsk, around 900 kilometers (550 miles) east of Moscow, when the accident happened, the Investigative Committee, which probes accidents and disasters, said.
It said it was possible the bus driver was blinded by headlights.
The bus rolled over and caught on fire as a result of the collision, the regional interior ministry said, adding it would be arresting both drivers.
Russia ranks among the world’s worst countries for road deaths, mainly due to drink-driving, poor roads and traffic violations.
Last year more than 20,000 people died in road accidents, a 12-percent drop compared to 2015.


13 under arrest for Sri Lanka blasts: police

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. (AFP)
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13 under arrest for Sri Lanka blasts: police

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police have arrested 13 men in connection with bomb blasts on churches and hotels that killed more than 200 people, officials said Monday.
Authorities have not made public details on those held after Sunday’s attacks. But a police source told AFP the 13 were detained at two locations in and around Colombo.
The source said the 13 men are from the same radical group.
At least two of the eight attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police and other sources, and three police were killed when another suicide bomber detonated explosives during a raid on a house where suspects were.