At least 235 people were killed when gunmen open fired and bombed a Mosque in Egypt Friday morning. Government officials say that at least 109 more people were injured in the attack that is being reported as among the deadliest in Egypt’s history.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, police sources told the Associated Press (@ap) that men in four off-road vehicles opened fired on worshippers as they pray in the al-Rawdah Mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, which is about 25 miles from the North Sinai provincal capital of el-Arish. Two eyewitnesses told Reuters (@reuters) that the suspected militants targeted supporters of the security forces attending prayers. Citing official sources, state-run MENA reported that the Mosque is largely attended by Sufi Muslims.
Around 50 ambulances were transferring victims to hospitals, according to the Ministry Of Health. A statement issued by Egypt’s General Prosecutor, Nabil Sadiq put the death toll at 235, with at least 109 wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, as of yet.
Based on the timing of this event, and the timing of the release of the video, my guess is that this is an attempt to spread propaganda about something. Probably about the importance of the new sanctions that Trump imposed on North Korea. Who knows? I’m pretty certain that there was a reason the UN wanted this week old footage to be seen by the general public right now. The video shows a North Korean soldier racing for the South Korea/North Korea border. He’s spotted by other North Korean soldiers during his escape. His truck gets stuck in a ditch forcing him to have to leave the truck and make his escape on foot. The soldiers catch up to him and let loose. The North Korean soldiers let off over 400 rounds. Amazingly, the soldier was only hit 5 times. Check out the video below:
Video courtesy: ABC News
In a scene reminiscent of something out of one of those Mexican-drug lord Narcos-type shows on Netflix, the leader of a Mexican fuel-theft gang was shot to death at a hospital where he was undergoing plastic surgery to change his appearance, authorities said Thursday. Puebla State prosecutors said Jesus Martin, a woman, and two other men were killed at the hospital, apparently by members of his own gang.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, the killing comes amid an upsurge in bloodshed involving pipeline thieves in the state, where at least 16 people have been slain this week in apparent disputes between gangs. The most recent killings claimed four victims on a rural road Tuesday in Palmar de Bravo, a township known as a center for fuel thieves. Fuel thieves drill an average of 28 illegal pipeline taps every day in Mexico. Authorities say the war between thieves broke out because of a recent crackdown that has made it harder for the gangs to steal fuel.
The main suspect in Martin’s killing has also been implicated in the slayings of five people in the town of Tlaltenango, in a vacant lot that apparently served as a base for fuel thieves, officials said. Prosecutors said that Martin a.k.a “El Kalimba” had tried to have his fingerprints removed and that doctors at the hospital in the state capital were being investigated for possible complicity.
Puerto Rico power company director Ricardo Ramos said Sunday that he’s giving in to the demands by Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Rossello to cancel its contract with Whitefish Energy Company to repair the Island’s power grid.
CBS NEWS (@cbsnews) reports, Governor Rossello said earlier on Sunday that he wants the no-bid contract that Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed with Whitefish Energy to be canceled immediately. Rossello’s announcement came as federal legislators plan to investigate the contract awarded to the small company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.
Whitefish Energy Holdings said in a statement that the company was “very disappointed” by Rossello’s decision. It said canceling the contract would delay restoring power to the Island. Audits of the Whitefish contract at a local and federal level are ongoing, and the Governor also announced the appointment of an outside coordinator to oversee the power company’s purchasing and contracting division.
“If something illegal was done, once again, the officials involved in that process will feel the full weight of the law, and I will take administrative actions.” Rossello said.