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gathered early yesterday to remember
the devastating January 2010 earthquake
that left much of the capital and sur-
rounding area in ruins in one of the worst
natural disasters of modern times.
Hundreds of people, most of the men in
dark suits and the women in white
dresses, attended a Catholic Mass just
after dawn at a new church built along-
side the ruined National Cathedral in
"This is the anniversary of the day I can
never forget," Gladys Lambard, who lost
her husband and sister in the earthquake,
said as she walked into the church arm-
in-arm with her 14-year-old daughter.
"The sadness of that day marked me for-
President Michel Martelly and other
dignitaries were presiding over a cere-
mony at a mass grave on the northern
outskirts of the capital where authorities
quickly buried thousands of people in the
immediate aftermath of the disaster.
The earthquake struck just before 5
pm, collapsing poorly constructed con-
crete buildings by the tens of thousands
in a densely populated city. The govern-
ment later said more than 300,000 peo-
ple were killed but the exact toll is
unknown because there was no system-
atic effort to count bodies amid the chaos
and destruction. (AP)
Mournful gatherings mark 5th anniversary of Haiti earthquake
PARIS---As many as six members
of a terrorist cell involved in the Paris
attacks may still be at large, including
a man who was seen driving a car
registered to the widow of one of the
slain gunmen, police officials said yes-
Two French police officials said au-
thorities were searching the Paris
area for the Mini Cooper registered to
Hayat Boumeddiene, the widow of
Amedy Coulibaly. She is now in Syria,
according to Turkish officials.
France deployed 10,000 troops to
protect sensitive sites---including Jew-
ish schools and neighbourhoods---in
the wake of the attacks that killed 17
people last week. Brothers Cherif and
Said Kouachi, as well as Coulibaly,
their friend who claimed ties to Is-
lamic extremists in the Middle East,
died Friday in clashes with police.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said
the manhunt is urgent because "the
threat is still present" after the at-
tacks that began Wednesday with 12
people killed at the satirical newspa-
per Charlie Hebdo.
About 4,700 of the security forces
would be assigned to protect France's
717 Jewish schools, Interior Minister
Bernard Cazeneuve said.
"The work on these attacks, on
these terrorist and barbaric acts con-
tinues ... because we consider that
there are most probably some possi-
ble accomplices," Valls told BFM tele-
Boumeddiene was seen traveling
through Turkey with a male compan-
ion before reportedly arriving in Syria
with him on January 8 the day after
the Charlie Hebdo attack and the
same day Coulibaly began his murder-
ous spree by killing the policewoman.
KINGSTOWN---Search and rescue teams were
looking for at least three people reported miss-
ing after a minibus carrying several passengers,
including students, plunged into the sea in
northwestern St Vincent yesterday.
According to the Searchlight Newspaper in St
Vincent, the minibus was carrying approximately
16 school children when it overturned and
plunged into the ocean between Fancy and Owia.
The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital has tem-
porarily suspended visiting hours due to mass
casualty situation. According to reports from
the Searchlight Newspaper s Facebook page, "a
section of the Accident and Emergency Unit has
been transformed into a counselling area where
some family members are receiving counseling
at this time."
In a release from the Ministry of Health, four
people have been confirmed dead and search
and rescue efforts are continuing, but are being
hampered by rough seas.
The report from the ministry said that "a van
transporting passengers, including school chil-
dren, overturned and went over an embankment
in an area called Rock Gutter.
Addressing the nation earlier yesterday morn-
ing, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves
described the tragedy as "an extremely sad
According to Gonsalves, "a few students have
been recovered in various states of injuries, but
there are several others who are not yet recov-
"We pray for our children and all those who
have suffered in this accident---for the parents
and all the members of their families" said Gon-
St Vincent minibus
plunges into sea The Catholic Archbishop of Jos,
in central Nigeria, has accused the
West of ignoring the threat of the
militant Islamist group, Boko
Ignatius Kaigama said the world
had to show more determination
to halt the group s advance in Nige-
ria.He said the international com-
munity had to show the same spirit
and resolve it had done after the
attacks in France.
His warning came after 23 people
were killed by three female suicide
bombers, one reported to be 10
The weekend attacks come after
reports that hundreds of people
were killed last week during the
capture by Boko Haram of the town
of Baga in Borno state.
Archbishop Kaigama told the
BBC s Newsday programme that
the slaughter in Baga had shown
that the Nigerian military was
unable to tackle Boko Haram.
"It is a monumental tragedy. It
has saddened all of Nigeria. But...
we seem to be helpless. Because if
we could stop Boko Haram, we
would have done it right away. But
they continue to attack, and kill
and capture territories... with such
impunity," he said.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban
Ki-Moon, said he was appalled by
reports of the killings in Baga and
condemned what he called "the
depraved acts of Boko Haram ter-
Our correspondent says Nigeria s
politicians appear more focused on
next month s elections and Pres-
ident Goodluck Jonathan has not
commented on the recent violence.
Archbishop Kaigama said facing
down Boko Haram required inter-
national support and unity of the
type that had been shown after last
week s militant attacks in France.
"We need that spirit to be spread
around," he said. "Not just when
it (an attack) happens in Europe,
but when it happens in Nigeria, in
Niger, in Cameroon.
"We (must) mobilise our inter-
national resources and face or con-
front the people who bring such
sadness to many families." (BBC)
Police officers on bicycle patrol Rue des Rosiers street, in the heart of
the Paris Jewish quarter, yesterday. France yesterday ordered 10,000
troops into the streets to protect sensitive sites after three days of
bloodshed and terror, amid the hunt for accomplices to the attacks that
left 17 people and the three gunmen dead. AP PHOTO
Family of people killed in the minibus crash grieve at outside the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital,
Kingstown, St Vincent, yesterday.
Police: Six Paris terror suspects still at large
...four dead, several missing
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