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DAKAR---Two suicide bombings in
Bouboua village near Lake Chad have
killed at least three people and in-
jured 14, Chad officials said yester-
The first explosion went off near a
public water tap and the second near
a mill, both public gathering spots in
the village near Lake Chad toward
the border with Nigeria, said Chad s
police spokesman Paul Manga.
"Among the dead was a girl and a
boy. There were 14 injured, of which
four are in serious condition and
have been transported by helicopter
to Ndjamena," the capital, said Lake
Chad local official Dimouya
Souapebe. According to witnesses,
the two suicide bombers were
women, he said.
No one has claimed responsibility
for the attack, but it is similar to oth-
ers in the area by Nigeria s Islamic
extremist group Boko Haram.
Five coordinated suicide bombings
in October killed at least 36 people
and wounded some 50 others in the
western village of Baga Sola near
Lake Chad that is home to thousands
of Nigerians who have fled the ex-
A man, two women and two chil-
dren carried out those attacks, the
government said. (AP)
BUJUMBURA---At least nine people
were killed in an overnight attack at a
bar in the latest violence in Burundi s
capital, witnesses said yesterday, as
security forces went door-to-door to
disarm civilians in neighbourhoods
seen as opposition strongholds.
Residents found seven bloodied bodies
lying on the floor after gunshots were
heard Saturday night at a bar in the
Kanyosha area, in southern Bujumbura.
Two others who fled the scene later died
in a hospital, witnesses said.
The bar s owner, his nephew and one
of his employees were among the vic-
tims, Venant Rwakiranya, who lives near
the bar and saw the bodies, said yes-
The gunmen ordered everyone seated
on the bar s terrace to move inside before
they started shooting indiscriminately,
another witness told the Associated
The witness said he was grilling meats
for customers when the attack started.
The witness, who was injured and is
now hospitalised, spoke on condition of
anonymity because of safety concerns.
The bar s owner, believing the attack-
ers to be robbers, asked his customers
to hand over all cash and valuables,
which they did, but then one of the gun-
men opened fire, he said.
Other gunmen, standing guard outside
the bar, shot those who tried to flee,
injuring or killing them, the witness said.
International concern is growing over
the security situation in this central
African nation, which been hit by unrest
following the president s decision to
extend his time in power.
Yesterday the security forces were
combing the Mutakura neighbourhood,
searching homes for unlicensed weapons.
Civilians were not allowed to enter or
leave the neighbourhood while the oper-
ation is underway.
A government-issued deadline to turn
in illegal weapons or face extraordinary
police action expired midnight Saturday
and President Pierre Nkurunziza has
urged the security forces to use all means
At least 198 people have been killed
in Burundi since late April, when Nku-
runziza announced his bid that was ulti-
mately successful for a third term in
office, according to UN officials.
The actual death toll is likely higher,
as many of the killings go unreported.
LONDON---Across Britain, people paused for a
moment s silent reflection yesterday to remem-
ber the country s war dead as Queen Elizabeth
II led an annual service in the capital.
The monarch was joined by other royals, senior
politicians, and hundreds of veterans and well-
wishers who filled the streets of Whitehall for
the solemn ceremony, held every November at
the Cenotaph war memorial.
A hush fell over central London as Big Ben
struck 11 am, with all those attending---as well
as millions up and down the country---observing
two minutes silence.
The service takes place every year on the 11th
hour on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary
of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.
The day now also pays tribute to all those fallen
in subsequent conflicts, including World War II,
Iraq and Afghanistan.
The queen laid the first wreath of red pop-
pies---a potent symbol of WWI and remembrance
throughout the Commonwealth and many other
countries---at the foot of the monument. She was
followed by King Willem-Alexander of the Nether-
lands, who was invited to the event by the queen
this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the lib-
eration of his country following the end of WWII.
Prince Philip, the queen s husband---and Princes
William, Harry and Andrew, who have all served
in the armed forces---all paid their respects. After-
ward, veterans paraded down the streets as military
bands played. (AP)
MESA---A mother of a patient
at a suburban Phoenix children s
hospital took her son s life before
taking her own, police said.
Nurses at Cardon Children s
Medical Center in Mesa found the
woman and her five-year-old
child dead inside the child s room
while conducting a 2 am bed
check Saturday, Mesa police
spokesman Steve Berry said.
"Every two hours they do a
check. They were seen alive and
fine at midnight and then found
at 2 am," Berry said.
The mother had a fatal gunshot
wound, Berry said. He could not
describe how the child died.
Upon finding the pair, the nurs-
es immediately called for trauma
units as well as security. An off-
duty police officer was already
working at the hospital, according
Investigators believe the mother
killed the child and then herself.
Nobody at the hospital recalls
hearing any gunshots or suspi-
cious activity, Berry said. The boy
was in a private room.
Berry told KPHO-TV that the
woman was 27-year-old Tammy
Griffith, and the child s name was
After police completed their
investigation of the scene the
room was turned back over to the
hospital. No one else in the hos-
pital was threatened or harmed.
A representative for the Banner
Health system declined to com-
ment when reached Saturday.
According to police, the boy
had been hospitalised for the past
week. Berry declined to say why
the boy was hospitalised, citing
The mother currently had an
open case with the Arizona
Department of Child Safety but
she was the boy s legal guardian,
Berry said. (AP)
Mom kills son, 5,
Tragedy at children's hospital
Serving military and veteran personnel chat before they paraded to the Cenotaph on
Whitehall for the annual Service of Remembrance in London yesterday. AP PHOTO
9 killed in
Burundi bar attack
Suicide bombs kill 3, injure 14
Queen leads in honouring war dead
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