11 killed in Kenya as truck hits people boarding ferry

Updated 30 January 2013
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11 killed in Kenya as truck hits people boarding ferry

NAIROBI: At least 11 people were killed Saturday morning when a wayward truck rammed into passengers boarding a ferry in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa, the Kenya Red Cross said.
“So far we can confirm 11 deaths from the ferry tragedy. Scores are still trapped at the scene and more than 20 people have been evacuated,” Mombasa regional Red Cross chief Mwanaisha Hamisi told AFP.
Hamisi confirmed witness accounts of the event, saying “the lorry rammed into the passengers as they were boarding the ferry.”
“Its brakes failed then it lost control and hurtled down the ferry’s boarding ramp, running over the passengers and trapping people underneath it,” she added.
“Hamisi said that the death toll could rise as “many people are trapped in the wreckage.”
A witness, Hassan Juma, who was on his way to work told an AFP reporter that he “saw the lorry lose control and ram into a crowd of passengers boarding the ferry.”
The area traffic police boss confirmed the incident but was unsure of the number of dead and injured.
“We have dispatched a team to the scene...We can’t tell the exact number of people because there are a lot of people usually crossing the channel,” regional traffic police chief Joshua Omukata said.
Mombasa, some 400 kilometers (248 miles) southeast of the capital Nairobi is Kenya’s main port city and a key tourist hub famed for its sandy beaches.


China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi’s meeting with India’s Modi

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China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi’s meeting with India’s Modi

  • China will continue to firmly support Pakistan, its top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, told Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif at a meeting in Beijing
  • We are ready to work together with our "Pakistani brothers" to undertake the mission of national rejuvenation, Wang said.

BEIJING: China on Monday reassured Pakistan that relations between the two countries were as firm as ever and would “never rust,” ahead of a meeting this week between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could unnerve Islamabad.
China and Pakistan like to call each other “all weather friends” and their traditional close ties have long been viewed with suspicion by Pakistan’s neighbor and traditional enemy, India.
But Modi has tried to reset relations with Beijing after a years of disagreements over everything from their border to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and will hold an informal summit with Xi on Friday and Saturday in China.
China will continue to firmly support Pakistan, its top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, told Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif at a meeting in Beijing.
“We are ready to work together with our Pakistani brothers to undertake the historical mission of national rejuvenation and achieve the great dream of national prosperity and development,” Wang said.
“In this way, our iron friendship with Pakistan will never rust and be tempered into steel.”
There was no mention of the Xi-Modi meeting in comments made in front of reporters.