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Russian officials say 49 insurgents killed


Officials say 49 INSURGENTS killed

Russia's security services have killed 49 rebels and have captured dozens more in a counterterrorism offensive that officials called a "considerable" blow to the insurgency in the North Caucasus region, the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee said Sunday.

President Vladimir Putin had urged the use of increasingly aggressive means to subdue the insurgency in the North Caucasus ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the southern city Sochi, which is at the edge of the turbulent region.

"It's a matter of honor for the security services and special forces to do everything for these events to happen in a normal, celebratory atmosphere so that nothing darkens these events," Putin said at a meeting with military advisers and the head of Russia's Federal Security Service last week. Putin urged his subordinates to show "daring" to prevent any terrorist attacks.


Scientists link deep wells to deadly quake

Farmers drilling ever deeper wells over decades to water their crops likely contributed to a deadly earthquake in southern Spain last year, says a study published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The findings may add to concerns about the effects of energy extraction and waste disposal technologies.

Nine people died and about 300 were injured when an unusually shallow magnitude-5.1 quake hit Lorca on May 11, 2011. Using satellite images, scientists from Canada, Italy and Spain found the quake ruptured a fault running near a basin that had been weakened by 50 years of groundwater extraction..


Suspect in shooting found wearing armor

Police were nearly certain Sunday that a man found dead at the property where five members of a Southern California family were shot Saturday — two fatally — was the killer because he was wearing body armor, clutching a handgun and had a bullet hole in his head.

The loaded handgun was a .38-caliber revolver registered to Desmond John Moses, 55, who lived in a bungalow set ablaze before the deadly shooting spree at his neighbor's house in Inglewood, police said.

The shooting rampage killed Filimon Lamas, 33, and his 4-year-old son. The father was shielding three of his children when he was shot, police Chief Mark Fronterotta said. Lamas' 28-year-old wife, Gloria Jiminez, was shot in both legs. A 7-year-old girl was wounded in the chest and a 6-year-old boy had a bullet wound in the pelvis.


Tibetan sets himself on fire in protest

Another Tibetan has set himself on fire while shouting slogans calling for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet, a London-based rights group said Sunday.

Free Tibet said Lhamo Kyeb, 27, died Saturday near a monastery in northwestern China's Gansu province. The group said nearly 60 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 to protest Chinese rule over the Himalayan region.

Times wires

Russian officials say 49 insurgents killed

10/21/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:30pm]
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