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NEW YORK---A rookie police officer
shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a
New York City street early yesterday,
after he refused to drop his gun and
pointed it at them, authorities said.
Shaaliver Douse died of a single gun-
shot to his jaw after the confrontation in
Two officers with the New York Police
Department were on foot patrol when
they heard gunfire at around 3 a.m. The
officers responded to the scene and
found the boy with a 9mm handgun firing
shots at a fleeing man, authorities said.
The officers identified themselves as
police and ordered him to drop his
weapon, authorities said.
When he pointed his gun at them, one
of the officers shot him, police said. The
teenager was pronounced dead at the
The two officers had joined the depart-
ment in January.
Douse had been in trouble with the law
before. He was charged in May with at-
tempted murder after a 15-year-old boy
was shot in a Bronx neighbourhood
where Douse lived. That shooting took
place 2 miles (3 kilometers) from where
Douse was later shot to death.
Douse was also charged with assault,
criminal possession of a weapon and
menacing in connection to the incident.
The prosecution of Douse was then de-
ferred, said Steven Reed, a spokesman for
the Bronx District Attorney's Office. The
office had insufficient evidence to pro-
ceed, and the victim was unable to iden-
tify his shooter, he said. The case was still
open, Reed said. (AP)
Police kill armed boy, 14, on NYC street
SANAA---Security forces closed roads, put
up extra blast walls and increased patrols yes-
terday, near some of the 22 US diplomatic mis-
sions in the Muslim world that Washington
had ordered closed for the weekend following
warnings of a possible al-Qaida attack.
The closures came with a call for Americans
abroad to take extra precautions throughout
August, particularly when using planes, trains
and boats, though some veteran expatriates
shrugged off the warnings.
"I have been here long enough to know where
and where not to go," said Brian Edwards, a
professional basketball player from Detroit,
Michigan, who has lived in Egypt for nearly six
years. I feel generally safe."
Some warned, meanwhile, that such security
measures are not sustainable.
The State Department has said some of the
22 missions might remain closed this week. The
countries with closure orders covered much of
the Muslim and Arab world, from Mauritania
in the west to Bangladesh in the east.
In recent days, US officials have said they
have received significant and detailed intelligence
suggesting a possible attack, with some clues
pointing to the al-Qaida terror network. The
State Department said the potential for terrorism
was particularly acute in the Middle East and
North Africa, with a possible attack occurring
on or coming from the Arabian Peninsula.
In Jordan, a counterterrorism official said
available information pointed to a potential
threat to US interests in the Arabian Peninsula,
specifically in Yemen, and that this prompted
the temporary closure of US missions across
the Muslim world. He spoke on condition of
anonymity as he wasn t authorised to discuss
the issue with journalists.
In Yemen s capital, Sanaa, security was beefed
yesterday around the US Embassy building and
the nearby Sheraton Hotel where US Marines
Police set up a checkpoint at an access road
leading to the embassy, asking some drivers for
identification before letting them pass. Soldiers
typically guard the area around the embassy,
but yesterday they were spread out in a wider
radius. The State Department, meanwhile, urged
US travellers to take extra precautions. (AP)
killed as car rams
Police arrested a man on suspicion of mur-
der after a driver plowed into crowds at a
popular Los Angeles boardwalk, a seemingly
intentional hit-and-run that killed an Italian
woman on her honeymoon and injured 11 oth-
ers.Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, was arrested
after he walked into a police station in neigh-
bouring Santa Monica about two hours after
the incident and told police that he was in-
Campbell, of Los Angeles, remained jailed
yesterday on US$1 million bail.
Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese declined to dis-
cuss a motive but said there was no indica-
tion that the attack was a terrorist act or that
anyone else was involved.
Security video taken at Venice Beach
boardwalk showed a man parking a black car,
stepping out and surveying the leisurely
scene for several minutes before getting back
into the vehicle and speeding into the crowd.
Hundreds of people who had been walking or
sitting at cafes raced to get out of the way
before the vehicle sped out of sight.
The Italian woman was identified as Alice
Gruppioni, 32. Her family in Bologna told the
Italian news agency LaPresse that she had
been on her honeymoon after a July 20 wed-
Gruppioni worked as a manager for the
family business Sira group, which makes radi-
ators. Her father, Valerio Gruppioni, runs the
company and was formerly president of the
Bologna soccer team, according to LaPresse.
The family declined to speak to the Associ-
ated Press yesterday.
Authorities said another person was criti-
cally injured. Two others were in serious con-
dition, and eight suffered less serious injuries.
Witnesses reported a horrifying scene.
People were " stumbling around, blood drip-
ping down their legs, looking confused not
knowing what had happened, people scream-
ing," said Louisa Hodge, who described
"blocks and blocks of people just strewn
across the sidewalk.
The crash was not far from the scene
where an elderly driver sped through an
open-air farmer's market in Santa Monica in
2003, killing 10 people and injuring more than
It was not immediately clear how fast the
car in Saturday's crash was going.
According to security video and witness ac-
counts, the driver parked next to the Cadillac
Hotel and twice walked out to the boardwalk
before getting into the Dodge Avenger and
accelerating, swerving around yellow poles
meant to prevent cars from getting into the
pedestrian-only area and onto the boardwalk.
US remains wary of Al-Qaida threat
for 22 missions
A Yemeni soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint on a street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa,
Yemen, yesterday. Security forces closed access roads, put up extra blast walls and beefed up
patrols near some of the US diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington ordered
closed for the weekend over a threat of an al-Qaida attack. AP PHOTO
KABUL---Heavy rains swept across eastern
Afghanistan, levelling homes and killing at
least 58 people in five provinces, while an esti-
mated 30 others remain missing, officials said
Provincial spokesmen in Nangarhar, Kabul,
Khost, Laghman and Nuristan said that all the
floods struck early Saturday. Flash floods are
common in those provinces and all are fed by
rivers that eventually intersect in Nangarhar.
In Kabul s Surobi district, police chief Shaghasi
Ahmadi said 34 people were killed in a remote
and mountainous area. He said 22 of the bodies
from Surobi were later found downstream in
Surobi has a number of rivers running through
it. It is also rife with Taliban activity.
Ahmadi said food, tents and other emergency
supplies were being sent to the district from
Downstream in the adjacent province of Nan-
garhar, a government statement said 17 people
were killed by the floods.
President Hamid Karzai s office said another
seven died in Khost and Nuristan.
Rains quickly can weaken the structures of
the mud-walled homes that dot the countryside
in Afghanistan, causing the buildings to collapse
during heavy downpours. In neighbouring Pak-
istan on Saturday, the same storm system
brought heavy rains that caused more than 100
homes to collapse and caved in a factory wall,
killing at least 14 people. (AP)
Flash floods kill 58 in Afghanistan
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