Building Collapse Kills Mother, Two Children In Italy

A photo grabbed from a video taken and handout on June 24, 2020 by the Italian Corps of Firefighters (Vigili del Fuoco) shows an Urban Search And Rescue team working at the site of a building collapse in Albizzate, near Varese, northern Italy, that killed a woman and her two children who were walking along the building's wall. (Photo by Handout / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP) /
A photo grabbed from a video taken and handout on June 24, 2020 by the Italian Corps of Firefighters (Vigili del Fuoco) shows an Urban Search And Rescue team working at the site of a building collapse in Albizzate, near Varese, northern Italy, that killed a woman and her two children who were walking along the building’s wall. (Photo by Handout / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP) /

 

 

A woman and two of her children were crushed to death when part of a building collapsed in northern Italy as a third child, a nine-year-old boy, looked on, Italian news agencies reported Thursday.

The accident occurred Wednesday in the town of Albizzate, on the outskirts of Milan, when a cornice nearly 70 metres (230 feet) long suddenly fell from the one-storey building, crashing onto the street.

The woman, of Moroccan origin, and her five-year-old son were killed on the spot, while her 15-month-old daughter died later in hospital, the ANSA news agency said.

The nine-year-old was across the street when the mass of stone and brick crushed the others. A 42-year-old woman was also injured.

It took search-and-rescue workers several hours to dig out the victims’ bodies from the rubble, the reports said.

The old industrial building houses several businesses. A “twin” building which includes a supermarket has been shut.

-AFP

Fuel Tanker Explosion: Fire Fighters Put Out Inferno Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Firefighters at work on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Photos: Dare Idowu/Channels TV

 

Firefighters in Ogun and Lagos State have succeeded in putting out the inferno caused by an explosion which occurred in the early hours of Sunday.

The incident which occurred at the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at about 2:00 am, involved a petrol tanker, a gas truck and a cement transport truck and claimed several lives.

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It also resulted in gridlock as commuters were stuck, waiting for the fire to be put out and for the debris to be cleared.

Many were, however, forced to continue their journeys via foot as rescue operations went on.

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PHOTOS: Five Confirmed Dead, Others Injured In Anambra Road Accident

 

At least five people have lost their lives with many injured in a road crash in Anambra State, South East Nigeria.

The spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Command, Mr. Paschal Anigbo, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, the fatal road accident occurred at Upper Iweka in Onitsha area of the state.

Anigbo, however, noted that rescue operations were ongoing at the time of filing this report.

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Two Killed, Seven Injured In Ogun Highway Accident

 

Two persons have been killed in a multiple-car crash at the Ota axis of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in Ogun State.

The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, Florence Okpe, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

She explained that the incident, which left a man and a woman dead, occurred at about 11:30am at the Toll Gate area of the highway.

According to the FRSC official, seven other people comprising two women and five men were injured in the crash.

 

She added that the accident involved a truck and three other vehicles, as well as two motorcycles.

Okpe noted that the incident was suspected to have occurred as a result of brake failure while the injured victims were taken to the Ota General Hospital.

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She said the remains of the dead persons have also been deposited at the General Hospital in Ifo.

On his part, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Clement Oladele, commiserated with the victims and families of the dead persons.

He urged the residents whose relation used the corridor that period to contact the FRSC Command in Ota for more information about the crash or the two hospitals.

Canadian NATO Helicopter Goes Missing Off Greek Island

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A Canadian military helicopter operating as part of a NATO surveillance force has gone missing in international waters between Greece and Italy, the Greek air force said on Wednesday.

Initial reports said the helicopter had been 50 nautical miles off the Greek island of Kefalonia, it added.

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10 Passengers Killed, 45 Others Injured In Zamfara Accident

 

At least 10 passengers have been killed and 45 others injured in a fatal accident in Zamfara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the incident occurred on Saturday evening along the Kasuwar Daji – Gusau Road in the state.

“On 18th April 2020 at about 2100hours, a trailer vehicle conveying passengers and goods from Kasuwar Daji Market involved in a fatal accident.

“Ten (10) persons died on the spot while 45 others sustained injuries and were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau for treatment,” the statement said.

Shehu noted that the bodies of the dead passengers have been deposited in the morgue at the Federal Medical Centre in Gusau and would be handed over to their relations for burial.

He appealed to the residents, especially drivers of commercial vehicles to refrain from reckless driving.

The command’s spokesman asked them to obey all traffic regulations and warned that violators would face the full wrath of the law.

He added that investigation has commenced into the incident while the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Usman Nagogo, has condoled with the families of the deceased.

Six Killed, Five Injured In Katsina Accident

 

Six persons have been killed and five others injured in a motor accident in Katsina State.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening at Chadi village along the Daura-Kano Road, linking Sandamu Local Government Area of Katsina State.

According to eyewitnesses, all the victims were moved to the General Hospital in Daura following the accident.

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    The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Ali Tanimu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He said, “it was a head-on collision between a Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot J5 van at about 23:00 hours on Thursday night.”

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PHOTOS: 24 Killed In Jigawa Road Crash

The affected bus destroyed by fire.

 

 

No fewer than 24 people have been killed in a ghastly motor accident around Gwamfai Village in Jahun Local Government of Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

A media aide to the Jigawa State Governor, Auwal Sankara, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

The governor’s aide explained that the accident occurred after the driver of the bus involved lost control and bumped into a petrol seller along the road.

He said the Toyota bus which took off from Jahun Local Government Area was heading to Shuwarin Market in Kiyawa Local Government before the incident occurred.

Sankara noted that Governor Mohammed Abubakar saw the accident on his way to Gumel and instructed the local council chairman to ensure he assists the families of the passengers.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Jigawa, Abdu Jinjiri, also confirmed the incident.

He, however, said the police have yet to get details of the exact cause of the incident and the casualty figure.

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Governor Mohammed Abubakar scene of the accident.

 

A crowd of sympathisers at the scene of the accident in Jigawa State.

 

Two Commuters Die In Ondo Road Crash

Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.
Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.

 

Two commuters, yet to be identified, have reportedly lost their lives, while others were injured in a road accident which occurred along Owo-Ifon road over the weekend.

 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Adeleye, said the auto-crash occurred at about 10 am at Oyoyo, five kilometres from Ikare junction, along Owo-Ifon express road.

Adeleye said the accident involved a grey colour minibus TYT Premier with number plate Ondo SMK 702 CE and a white CAT, DAF Truck model 95 XE with number plate Lagos MUS668 XC.

According to him, eight people were involved in the fatal accident which resulted in the death of two people. He said the corpses of the dead persons have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo mortuary.

 Adeleye, who blamed the accident on speed violation, said the six survivors are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.

He advised motorists to exercise caution and adhere strictly to speed limits so as to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property.

The FRSC boss added that the Corps would continue monitoring road users to guard against dangerous driving.

“We will continue to sustain our aggressive patrols across all major highways to ensure that road users adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations to avoid road accidents,” he said.

13 Missing Off Japan After Cargo Ship, Fishing Boat Collide

 

More than a dozen crew members of a cargo ship are missing after it collided with a fishing boat in waters off northern Japan, a coast guard official said Sunday.

The 1,989-tonne Belize-flagged cargo ship Guoxing 1 was carrying some 3,000 tonnes of iron scrap and rapidly took in water after the hit, Japan Coast Guard spokesman Tomoyuki Hanzawa told AFP.

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The collision between the Guoxing 1 and a 138-tonne Japanese fishing boat happened around 10 pm (1300) GMT Saturday and the cause is unknown, he added.

The Guoxing 1 had a crew of 14 Chinese and Vietnamese nationals, of which 13 are still missing and the coast guard is searching for them, Hanzawa said.

One Vietnamese crew member was rescued by a nearby ship, while the 15 Japanese crew members of the fishing boat are safe.

Malaysia Suspected MH370 Downed In Murder-Suicide – Former Australian PM

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 7, 2015 shows Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creating a sculpture of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Puri beach in eastern Odisha state.
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Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed “very top” level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberately downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide.

The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people — mostly from China — en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017.

A US exploration firm launched a private hunt in 2018 but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.

The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a host of theories — ranging from the credible to outlandish — including that veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone rogue.

In an excerpt from a Sky News documentary airing Wednesday, Abbott claims he was told within a week of it vanishing that Malaysia believed the captain had intentionally downed the jet.

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“My very clear understanding from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here, they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” he said.

“I’m not going to say who said what to whom but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely crystal clear, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot — mass murder-suicide by the pilot.”

Zaharie’s family and friends have long strongly rejected such claims as baseless.

Malaysia’s former premier Najib Razak, who was in power during the tragedy, said suspicions over the disappearance weren’t made public and there was no proof that the pilot was responsible.

“It would have been deemed unfair and legally irresponsible since the black boxes and cockpit voice recorders had not been found,” he told online portal Free Malaysia Today.

“There was no conclusive proof whether the pilot was solely or jointly responsible.”

Najib said the scenario involving the pilot was “never ruled out” during the search for the plane.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the former head of Malaysia’s civil aviation regulator, criticised Abbott’s remarks and said there was not sufficient proof to support the idea.

“It is only a theory,” Azharuddin, who led the regulator when Flight MH370 disappeared, told AFP.

“You do this speculation and it will hurt the next of kin. The family of the pilot will also feel very bad because you are making an accusation without any proof.”

In 2016, Malaysian officials revealed the pilot had plotted a path over the Indian Ocean on a home flight simulator but stressed this did not prove he deliberately crashed the plane.

A final report into the tragedy released in 2018 pointed to failings by air traffic control and said the course of the plane was changed manually.

But they failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving relatives angry and disappointed.

Six passengers were Australian, including four from Queensland state, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week suggested authorities may pursue an inquest into their deaths.