CAIRO – Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, killing seven Tanzanians and wounding 17 others in the deadliest ever single attack on the international force in the country, U.N. officials said.
The assault by a large group of gunmen included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly rocket-propelled grenades, targeting the force some 15 miles west of the town of Khor Abeche, U.N. forces spokesman Chris Cycmanick said. Reinforcements later arrived to rescue the wounded, who included two female police advisers, the force said in a statement.
A statement late Saturday on behalf of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified the dead as all being from Tanzania.
21 killed in Baghdad mosque bombings
Bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghdad late Saturday, killing at least 21 people leaving prayers and extending a wave of daily violence rippling across Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said.
A separate attack at a funeral northeast of the capital killed at least three others.
Man behind killing of 2 women nabbed
A bloodied gunman suspected of killing two women and seriously wounding a man inside a jewelry store at a popular San Francisco shopping center is in custody, but police have yet to release a motive.
Officers encountered the suspect Friday outside the San Francisco Giftcenter & Jewelrymart in the trendy South of Market area. Initially, the officers were not sure if the man, who had blood on his clothes, was a shooting victim or a suspect, police Chief Greg Suhr said. The man, whose name was not released, then opened fire at officers while retreating into a restaurant, Suhr said.
The suspect fired additional multiple rounds at the officers and then, we believe, ran out of ammunition, threw the gun on the ground and surrendered, Suhr said.
Ex-governor won’t seek Senate seat
Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday morning that he will not run for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, an announcement that complicates Democratic efforts to retain their majority in next year’s elections.
Schweitzer told The Associated Press that he doesn’t want to leave Montana and go to Washington, D.C.
He had been considered the Democrats best candidate for holding onto the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus next year.
Typhoon sweeps across China
A powerful typhoon has surged into southeast China, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from a coastal province after passing across northern Taiwan, killing at least two people.
Typhoon Soulik disrupted transportation and commerce across Taiwan, with emergency crews around Taipei struggling to restore power to the 520,000 homes and remove hundreds of trees uprooted by the storm from streets and roads.
The storm then hit the Chinese province of Fujian on Saturday afternoon, packing winds of 74 miles per hour, according to China’s National Meteorological Center, down from the 101 mph winds it carried across Taiwan.
About 300,000 people in Fujian were evacuated from their homes.