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Land mine kills 20 aboard Indian bus

A land mine exploded under a passenger bus Monday as it traveled through a dense forest in southern India, killing at least 20 people.

After the blast, about 125 miles north of Hyderabad, attackers opened fire on the flaming bus, apparently mistaking it for a police transport, said Gautam Swang, deputy inspector-general of the district police.

No police were aboard, said Swang. "The extremists have committed a ghastly mistake," he said.

Swang blamed the leftist People's War Group, which mostly targets rich landowners, police and government officials. The group claims to be inspired by Chinese revolutionary Mao Tse-tung.

Hostage-taker at school in Spain is overpowered

HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT, Spain _ A teenager with a knife took his sister and 19 other children hostage at his former school and held them for hours Monday until a plainclothes officer overpowered him while delivering a pizza.

None of the students was hurt in the 3{-hour ordeal at the Casal de l'Angel school in this industrial town just south of Barcelona. All the hostages were 11 or 12 years old.

Interior Minister Angel Acebes confirmed the arrest and said the hostage-taker was a former student of the school who was expelled last year.

Government officials said he was 16 or 17 and had demanded a $1-million ransom. He said he acted because his family needed money, the officials said.

Explosions reported near U.S. base in Japan

TOKYO _ Two explosions were reported late Monday outside a U.S. military base near Tokyo, and a projectile launcher was found near the site, U.S. military officials and Japanese police said Tuesday.

Police suspected that it was an attack and that leftist radicals may have been involved, according to Japan's Kyodo news service. No injuries or damage were reported.

In Washington, Maj. Timothy Blair, a Pentagon spokesman, said an explosion had been reported about 800 feet from Camp Zama, the headquarters for the U.S. Army Japan and the 9th Theater Support Command.

An Army spokesman, Capt. Benjamin Kuykendall, said two suspects were believed to be in custody, but added that because the blast occurred off base, the inquiry was being handled by Japanese authorities.

Israel calls airline incident a foiled terrorist attack

JERUSALEM _ Israel said Monday that security agents aboard an El Al Airlines jet foiled a "terrorist attack" when they wrestled a passenger to the floor during a struggle shortly before the plane landed in Turkey.

Members of the flight crew and passengers said Tawfiq Fukra, a 23-year-old Israeli Arab who had a pocket knife, rushed the cockpit after arguing with a flight attendant.

Airline officials concurred that the guards had prevented a hijacking, but officials at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv played down the confrontation. Relatives said Fukra, a social worker, had a simple argument with a flight attendant.

In the several versions of what took place, all agree that Fukra had a pocket knife, but it was not clear if he produced it as a weapon and threatened anyone.

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