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LAGOS---Nigerian soldiers blocked roads, fired
shots into the air and burned several buses in
Lagos yesterday after a soldier was killed in a
bus accident, an episode residents said recalled
the country s former military dictatorship.
Nigeria has been a democracy since shortly
after the death of military ruler Sani Abacha
1998, but rights groups say abuses and indis-
cipline by its troops remain a problem, especially
in the remote northeast, where an Islamist insur-
gency threatens stability across Africa s largest
economy and top oil producer.
"The rampaging soldiers already burnt
five...buses," Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, director gen-
eral of the Lagos State Emergency Management
Agency, told Reuters by telephone, calling it
"barbaric and uncivilised."
There were no deaths or injuries in the inci-
dent, he said.
The soldiers, he said, were reacting to the
killing of one of their number who was hit by
a bus while riding a motorcycle. Nigerian bus
drivers have a reputation for reckless driving,
although it was not clear whose fault the accident
"The governor of the state is currently talking
with the superior officers of the army to restore
order within the area," around Ikorodu Road,
on the sprawling Lagos mainland, Oke-Osany-
Disturbances continued for several hours from
the morning into the afternoon.
"They were armed to the teeth, we are all
afraid, everybody was afraid of stray bullets
because the soldiers were shooting sporadically
(in the air) to scare away people," Bunmi Ajayi,
a publisher of children books who had to shut
his office, said.
Another witness, Segun Alabi, said soldiers
were preventing buses from passing through
and confiscating and destroying people s smart-
phones to prevent witnesses filming them.
A flyover has collapsed on to vehicles
in the Brazilian World Cup host city of
Belo Horizonte, killing two people. The
concrete and steel bridge, which was under
construction, fell on to traffic on a busy
A commuter bus was crushed, killing the
driver, along with two unoccupied trucks.
A body was also recovered from a car trapped
beneath the rubble.
The south-eastern Brazilian city is due
to host a football World Cup semi-final
match next week.
The emergency services told Brazilian
newspaper O Globo that the rescue operation
had ended after a 15-hour operation to
recover a man s body from the mangled car.
Twenty-two people were also injured in
Officials said a forensic team would start
working immediately to try to identify the
causes of the accident.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said
on Twitter that it was "with sadness" that
she found out about the accident, and she
offered her "solidarity to the victims fam-
The construction firm that was respon-
sible for building the flyover, Cowan, said
it "deeply regrets what happened."
The company said technical staff had
been sent to the scene to start investiga-
"When I saw the flyover falling down, I
feared the worst would happen, that the
bridge would turn on top of our bus," Renata
Soares, who said she was sitting at the back
of the yellow bus that was crushed, told
Brazil s GloboNews.
Another witness speaking to the channel,
Daniel Magalhaes, said that the moment
the bridge collapsed felt "like an earthquake.
The ground shook violently. I heard a very
The scene of the accident is near the busy
district of Lagoa da Pampulha and the
Mineirao Stadium, which has played host
to several World Cup matches.
The unfinished flyover was part of the
World Cup infrastructure plan aimed at
improving Belo Horizonte s public transport
A resident of the city, Diego Siqueira, told
the BBC that people in Belo Horizonte were
"not surprised" by the accident.
"Every World Cup infrastructure con-
struction was delayed until the last year
and they started to build it so fast and with-
out quality," he complained.
The authorities have denied allegations
that corners have been cut to get projects
finished on time for the football tourna-
SEOUL---The leaders of China and South
Korea expressed concern yesterday about
Japan s recent reinterpretation of its war-
renouncing constitution and its re-exam-
ination of a past apology for wartime atroc-
ities, a South Korean official said.
Japan colonised the Korean Peninsula and
occupied parts of China, often brutally, before
and during World War II. Many people in
China and South Korea still harbour a strong
resentment against Japan, and there are con-
cerns in both countries about growing
nationalism in Tokyo.
Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and
his South Korean President Park Geun-hye
had "lots of discussions" about Japan, and
shared worries about its "revisionist attitude"
and reinterpretation of its constitution to
allow its military a larger international role,
senior South Korean presidential official Ju
Chul-ki told reporters.
Both leaders also regretted Japan s recent
review of its landmark 1993 apology for
forcing Asian women into wartime prosti-
tution because it was an apparent attempt
to "disparage" the apology, Ju said, according
to the presidential Blue House.
Last month, a Japanese panel confirmed
the validity of a study that led to the apology,
but South Korea called the review unnec-
essary and said it included material that
undermined the reliability of the apology.
Earlier yesterday, Xi highlighted Japan s
past brutality against China and Korea during
a speech on the final day of his visit to Seoul.
"Our two countries had big suffering when
(Japan) launched barbarous aggression on
China and Korea and annexed and occupied
the Korean Peninsula in the first half of the
20th century," he said.
He noted that in the late 16th century a
Chinese dynasty sent troops to help a Korean
dynasty defeat invading Japanese troops.
"Both countries nationals...walked shoul-
der to shoulder to battle grounds together
400 years ago," Xi said, speaking through
China assisted North Korea and fought
against South Korea during the 1950-53
Korean War, while American-led UN troops
fought alongside South Korea.
South Korea and China established diplo-
matic relations in 1992. The countries now
have booming trade ties and share concerns
about Japan s military ambitions and what
critics see as recent attempts by Tokyo to
obscure its bloody past. (AP)
Flyover collapses in
Brazil World Cup host city
A spokesman for the rescue services said that 13 people had been rescued from the damaged bus.
Xi rebukes Japan for brutality in China, Koreas
block roads, burn
buses in protest
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