12 die in prison standoff
Prisoners seized weapons and clashed with security guards in an hourslong standoff that killed 12 people, including 10 guards, and allowed dozens of al-Qaida-linked inmates to escape before ending Friday in Saddam Hussein’s hometown, Iraqi officials said. The security breach in Tikrit drew sharp criticism of Iraqi security forces, which have been unable to stabilize the country almost a year after American troops withdrew. Iraqi officials said Friday that reinforcements had to be sent from Baghdad to help put down the riot and prisoners burned all the prison records, complicating efforts to track down those still on the run.
Troops invade stronghold
Kenyan troops invaded al-Shabab’s last stronghold in Somalia on Friday, coming ashore in a predawn beach landing at Kismayo that appeared likely to deprive the Islamist insurgents of their last big money-making enterprise. African Union troops from Kenya, Uganda and Burundi have combined over the last 18 months to kick al-Shabab out of the capital Mogadishu and take a series of smaller towns that the insurgents fled to. By Friday afternoon, Kenyan Defense Forces said that its ground troops were also steadily approaching Kismayo from the west. Al-Shabab, which is allied with al-Qaida, had earned money by collecting taxes on goods arriving at the Indian Ocean port.
Dairy smuggling arrests
One current and one former Canadian police officer have been charged in a scheme to smuggle $203,000 worth of cheese and other foods into Canada, police said Friday. Niagara Regional Police said cheese and other foods were purchased in the United States and smuggled into Canada without declaring the items or paying duty. The items were then prepared for distribution to restaurants in southern Ontario for an estimated profit of more than $168,000. According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, only $20.30 worth or 44 pounds of dairy products can be brought into Canada duty free.
Compiled from wire reports.