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Suicide bomber kills 10 in Nigeria

JALINGO, Nigeria - A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber drove into a convoy carrying a top police official in northeast Nigeria on Monday, detonating his explosives and killing at least 10 other people, rescue officials said.

The attack targeted Police Commissioner Mamman Sule, who was being driven in a convoy toward his offices, said police spokesman Ibiang Mbaseki. The bomber did not injure Sule, but the explosives caused massive damage at a roadside market and blew out the windows of the Ministry of Finance building, witnesses said. Twenty-six people were injured, according to a report by the Nigerian Red Cross. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. - AP

Indian ferry flips; scores feared dead

GAUHATI, India - A packed ferry boat capsized in heavy winds and rain in remote northeastern India late Monday, leaving at least 35 people dead and 165 others missing, police said.

Assam State Police Chief J.N. Choudhury said the boat was carrying about 350 passengers and broke into two pieces. About 150 people who were traveling on the top level were rescued or swam to safety, he said. Details were sketchy because bad weather and the remoteness of the area hampered communication.

Choudhury said the accident occurred on the Brahmaputra river near Fakiragram in west Dhubri district. The area is close to where the river enters Bangladesh. He said officials in that country had been contacted for help.

Police and paramilitary soldiers were sent to aid with rescue efforts. - AP

CIA-linked killing tied to two more

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The widow and mother-in-law of a Pakistani man killed by a CIA contractor last year were killed Monday, allegedly by the widow's father, who may have feared she would remarry and take the "blood money" she received with her, police said.

The families of the two men killed by Raymond Davis last January received hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for pardoning the killer, a common legal practice in Pakistan. The United States denied paying the compensation to the families, but many believe it was simply routed through Pakistani officials.

The widow who was slain Monday, Zohra Haider, wanted to remarry and was supported by her mother, Nabeela Bibi, said police officer Athar Waheed. But her father, Shahzad Butt, opposed the move, possibly because she would take her fortune when she remarried, Waheed said.

"We will investigate that aspect as a possible motive," Waheed said. - AP


A court in Ecuador has found an Ecuadoran man guilty of premeditated murder in last year's bludgeoning death in Massachusetts of a woman and her toddler son. Prosecutors in Massachusetts had been denied in their attempt to extradite Luis Guaman, despite an extradition treaty. The three-judge court can sentence Guaman to 16 to 25 years in prison for the 2011 murder in Brockton of Maria Palaguachi and her toddler son. Sentencing is set for later this week.