Suicide bomb attack kills two in Cameroon

first_imgA suicide bomber in the northern Cameroonian town of Mora killed a young student and a woman in an attack on a market full of Christmas shoppers, an aide to the governor of Far North region said on Sunday.The aide to Governor Midjiyawa Bakary said the bomb also killed the attacker and injured five other people.Suicide bombers suspected of belonging to the Islamist militant group Boko Haram have launched attacks in Mora, about 30 km (20 miles) from the Nigerian border, several times before.“The suicide bomber was pretending to be a beggar and was walking towards the market which was full because of Christmas. Members of a vigilance committee spotted him before he could penetrate the market,” Reuters reports a Cameroonian soldier to say.Boko Haram has killed more than 15,000 people in a seven-year insurgency that has also displaced more than two million people.The group has frequently used female bombers and children to hit targets.last_img read more

Andean crash survivors meet with rescuer

first_imgMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – The Chilean livestock herder who first spotted survivors of a 1972 Andean plane crash made famous by a best-selling book and Hollywood movie was reunited Friday with some of the men he helped rescue 35 years ago. Sergio Catalan was welcomed at the Montevideo airport by crash survivors whose 72-day ordeal stranded in the snowcapped Andes was recounted in the book “Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors,” by Piers Paul Read, and made into a movie in 1993. A Uruguayan air force plane carrying a private college rugby team crashed in a rugged mountain pass while en route from Montevideo to Santiago, Chile, in October 1972. Of the 45 people aboard, 16 survived more than two months on the freezing slopes by eating flesh from the bodies of other passengers killed in the crash, several later said. Two months passed without rescue, prompting a few survivors to leave the barren crash site to seek help. Eleven days later, in the foothills of the Chilean Andes, two of them came across Catalan, who rode his horse to the nearest town to alert rescuers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One of those men, Roberto Canessa, joined other survivors in welcoming Catalan at the airport Friday, marking the 35th anniversary of the doomed flight. Catalan, now 82, lifted his sombrero and smiled before heading to a meeting with Uruguay’s vice president, Rodolfo Nin Nova, who thanked him for his role in the rescue. Catalan was to be honored at a dinner with crash survivors on Friday night.last_img read more