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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

By Jibran Ahmad and Mehreen Zahra-Malik

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

More than eight hours after militants slipped into the heavily guarded compound through a back entrance, the army declared the operation to flush them out over, and said that all nine insurgents had been killed.

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Sydney gunman was 'wanted in Iran'

Iran says it requested 14 years ago the extradition of Man Haron Monis - the gunman behind the Sydney siege - but Australia refused to hand him over.

The head of Iran's police, Gen Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, told reporters that Monis was wanted for fraud at the time.

He said Monis had fled to Australia via Malaysia in the late 1990s.

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Bilibid Raid

Operatives from various law enforcement agencies swooped down on the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Monday morning and discovered illegal drugs and some items from high-profile inmates, including a hot tub and luxury watches.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, accompanied by elements of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP), held a surprise inspection at the national penitentiary's maximum security compound amid reports that convicted drug lords are still able to continue with their operations inside jail.

Authorities discovered six guns, a storage area, secret pathway, entertainment appliances, P1.4 million cash, and even a sauna facility inside convicted drug lord Peter Co's room.

In the room of robbery group leader Herbert Colanggo, authorities found cash and music equipment.

Colanggo told dzMM's Alex Calda that the cash seized from him were supposed to be used for a feeding program.

De Lima said at least 19 convicted and influential drug lords will be transferred to another detention cell where they would be isolated from the rest of the inmates. Their visiting privileges have also been suspended.

In a random drug testing conducted on 12 inmates, two turned out positive for drug use. 


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