24 killed in bus accident
A bus heading to a beach in western Mexico went off a cliff early Friday, killing at least 24 people, authorities said. Another 31 people were injured in the accident in the town of Tequepexpan. The passengers were vacationers from the northern state of Chihuahua. A preliminary investigation found that the bus driver, who was among the dead, was unfamiliar with the highway and appeared to be traveling too fast. Rain overnight and a slick road may have been factors as well, making it difficult for the driver to brake.
Cocaine shipment seized
Drug-sniffing dogs found a half-ton of cocaine hidden in machinery marked for shipment to Africa, customs police announced Friday. The cocaine was tightly packed into 490 brightly colored bricks and stuffed into heavy dredging equipment being flown from the international airport in Buenos Aires to an oil company in Lagos, Nigeria, said Maria Siomara Ayeran, the director-general of Argentina’s customs agency. Ayeran said the company in Africa doesn’t exist, and the exporter was under such suspicion that all its shipments are exhaustively searched. Once the dogs marked the spot, officers opened up the machinery late Thursday and found 536 kilos of pure cocaine inside thick walls of lead and steel, Ayeran said. She said it was most likely intended for the streets of Europe, where it would be worth nearly $25 million.
Crowd attacks refugees
An angry mob of about 300 people stormed a U.N.-guarded refugee camp in Ivory Coast on Friday, killing at least seven of the refugees and looting the shelters before burning them down, officials said. About 90 percent of the Nahibly camp, which used to house some 4,500 people, was burned to ashes in the attack near the western town of Duekoue, said the U.N. refugee agency’s country representative Ann Encontre. Most of the camp residents fled to the surrounding forest to escape the attackers, she said. A number of residents were wounded, but exact figures were not immediately available.
Compiled from wire reports.