86 die in bloodshed
Nigeria’s presidency late Sunday announced a “deeply unfortunate killings across a number of communities” in central Plateau State as one report cited police as saying 86 people were dead in clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers. President Muhammadu Buhari appealed for calm as the military and police tried to end the bloodshed, and said “no efforts will be spared” to find the attackers and prevent reprisal attacks.
Attacks kill 32 civilians
A community militia killed 32 civilians in an attack on a village in central Mali then returned shortly after Malian soldiers left and killed four more, the head of the West African nation’s largest ethnic Fulani association said late Sunday. Mali’s government earlier in the day confirmed the first attack and said 16 people were killed, as the Fulani ethnic group faces growing pressure over accusations of links to al-Qaida extremists. The death tolls differed because many bodies had been buried by the time Malian soldiers responded, Abdoul Aziz Diallo with the Tabital Pulaku association told the Associated Press.
Blast injures 25 people
Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, during an explosion that destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. Police said the explosion produced a large bang and rocked the multistory building shortly before midnight Saturday. The cause of the explosion was under investigation, German news agency dpa reported. The blast had so much force it destroyed the attic and top three floors of the building, dpa said. Fires broke out in several areas of the structure.
Boys missing in cave
Search and rescue teams were looking Sunday for a dozen members of a youth soccer team who were missing and believed to be trapped in a cave in northern Thailand. Police said that local authorities, police and rescue workers were working with divers to find the 12 boys, ages 11-15, and their coach, who are believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province late Saturday afternoon. The group was apparently trapped when a heavy rainstorm flooded a stream at the cave’s entrance. Police Col. Komsan Saardluan said parts of the cave, which is an estimated 4 to 5 miles long, get flooded to a height of as much as 16.5 feet during the rainy season.
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires
World news briefs: Nigeria reports 86 dead in clashes