47 dead as buses collide in Zimbabwe, reports say

Forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe on Wednesday when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the southeastern town of Rusape. (Screenshot: Twitter)
Updated 07 November 2018
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47 dead as buses collide in Zimbabwe, reports say

HARARE: Forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe on Wednesday when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the southeastern town of Rusape, police confirmed to AFP.
"We confirm 47 people have died in a road traffic accident at the 166-kilometre peg along the Harare-Mutare highway," police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.
In a post on Twitter, the state-run Herald newspaper said pictures from the scene were too graphic to post.
Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect, but the highway where the accident occurred had been recently resurfaced.
In June last year, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north of the country, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia.


Bangladesh arrests Islamist extremist over deadly cafe attack

Updated 11 min 53 sec ago
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Bangladesh arrests Islamist extremist over deadly cafe attack

  • Mufti Mahmud Khan, a spokesman for the elite Rapid Action Battalion, says the suspect supplied money and weapons for a local banned Islamist militant group
  • The arrested is one of the key “decision-makers” in the homegrown militia blamed for the attack
DHAKA: Bangladesh has arrested a suspected Islamist extremist who supplied weapons and explosives for a 2016 siege that killed 22 hostages, a top police official said Sunday.
Eighteen foreigners were among those shot and hacked to death in the 10-hour standoff at the Holey Artisan Bakery, an upmarket cafe in Dhaka, before military commandos stormed the building and freed some two dozen other people.
Mamunur Rashid was a key “decision-maker” in Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a banned homegrown Islamist militant outfit blamed for the attack.
The 30-year-old was arrested while traveling on a bus outside the capital Dhaka, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, a spokesman for the elite Rapid Action Battalion.
Rashid “supplied money, arms, ammunition and explosives for the attack,” Khan told reporters.
“He hid in a neighboring country and tried to reorganize the group. They were also planning to rescue their accomplices from custody.”
A former computer operator and Islamic seminary student, Rashid also provided logistical support to Islamists involved in several deadly attacks on religious minorities in the country’s north, Khan said.
A court in Dhaka last month put eight militants on trial over the cafe attack.
Khan said Rashid was one of the two men charged in absentia, while the other six were already in custody.
The Holey Artisan Bakery siege fueled fears over violent Islamist groups in the Muslim-majority nation of 165 million people.
The government also launched a nationwide crackdown against extremists immediately after the attack, killing nearly 100 alleged extremists in gunfights including several top JMB leaders.
The attack marked a violent escalation from a spate of high-profile murders in the country since 2013, with extremists targeting Bangladeshi atheist writers, rights activists, gays, foreigners and religious minorities.
Bangladesh last week banned the release of a film based on the cafe attack, saying it would tarnish the country’s image.