Group: Migrants killed fleeing
Over 100 migrants and refugees held captive by human traffickers were shot at while escaping from a clandestine prison in northwestern Libya, and there were numerous deaths and injuries, Doctors Without Borders said Friday. The international medical organization said many people in the town of Bani Walid including members of security forces, hospital and municipal workers, and elders tried to protect the escapees as they were chased by armed men trying to recapture them. The group said survivors of Wednesday night’s escape reported at least 15 people were killed and up to 40, mostly women, were left behind. The organization said the survivors are mostly teenagers from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia seeking asylum in Europe. Some of traumatized survivors said they had been held captive for up to three years. Many had visible scars, electric burn marks, and old, infected wounds, illustrating their ordeal, it said.
Dozens dead after boat flips
Congolese officials say at least 49 people have died after a boat tipped over on the Momboyo River, a tributary of the Congo River in the country’s northwest. The vice governor of Tshuapa province, Richard Mboyo Iluka, said he doesn’t know how many people were on the boat or how many are thought to have survived. The cause of the accident remains unknown.
Bomb hurts 15 at restaurant
Police hunted for two people Friday after an explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people. Two people with their faces covered to conceal their identities entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the bomb and fled. Two birthday parties were taking place at the restaurant and about 40 people were inside. “There is no indication that this is a terrorism act. There is no indication that this is a hate crime at this time,” Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans said.
Cyclone knocks out power
Cyclone Mekunu has blown into the Arabian Peninsula, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain and cutting off power lines. Portions of Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, lost electricity early Saturday as the cyclone made landfall. Streets already were flooded.
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World news briefs: Over 100 migrants killed fleeing captors, group says