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They Were Headed to a Monastery. Then Came Death

23 Coptic Christians believed dead in attack on bus in Egypt

(Newser) - Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo. The report quotes local health officials as saying that the attack happened on Friday while the bus was traveling on the road to the St.... More »

Gunmen Get Out of Car at Castle in Jordan, Then Attack

10 killed in a series of attacks Sunday

(Newser) - Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including one at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing 10, officials say. Several armed men barricaded themselves inside the castle for hours, hemmed in by special forces soldiers. At least 34 people, including two foreign nationals, were wounded in... More »

10 Killed as Gunmen Bomb, Storm Iraq Mall

Hostages reportedly being held in Baghdad's Jawhara Mall

(Newser) - Gunmen set off a car bomb at the entrance to a mall in mainly Shiite eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25 as the attackers raced inside and took hostages, Iraqi officials said. That number is likely to fluctuate as the story develops: Al Jazeera... More »

Gunmen Hit Venezuela Grad Party, Kill 8 'Without Mercy'

'They didn't leave anyone alive'

(Newser) - A college graduation party in Venezuela ended in tragedy after gunmen opened fire, killing eight people. Six of the dead were teenagers, officials say. The attackers "beat (victims) up inside the house and then executed them without mercy ... they didn't leave anyone alive," says a local of... More »

Pakistan Security Forces Free 35 in Hospital Siege

Explosion at scene follows bus bombing

(Newser) - The siege of a hospital in southwestern Pakistan has ended after security forces stormed the building, the country's interior minister says. Forces freed 35 people trapped inside the building, killed four of the attackers, and arrested another, notes Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He says four security forces and one... More »

Militants Attack Pakistan Court Complex; 3 Dead

Dozens injured in suicide bombing, gun fight

(Newser) - Militant gunmen and at least one suicide bomber attacked a court complex in northwestern Pakistan today, killing at least three people and wounding more than two dozen, a government official said. The attackers may have been trying to free militant colleagues jailed on the premises of the compound in Peshawar,... More »

Paris Apple Store Hit With $1.6M NYE Robbery

Police still on the hunt for 4 armed thieves

(Newser) - Four armed robbers stormed the Paris Apple store last night and made off with more than $1.6 million worth of products, the Daily Mail reports. The gunmen raided the store around 9pm, three hours after it closed, as police were busy preparing for the large crowds expected in the... More »

Greek Gunmen Drive Van Into Microsoft HQ

Latest in series of attacks on symbols of power in Greece

(Newser) - If idle hands are the devil's hands, Greece is finding out the hard way: Gunmen this morning stormed Microsoft's Athens headquarters, ramming the building with a gasoline-laden van before setting fire to it. The attack injured no one, but heavily damaged the building's first floor and shut... More »

2 Busted in Ohio Frat House Killing

Cops still seeking motive in party shooting

(Newser) - Two Ohio men have been busted in the shooting death of a 25-year-old student at a Youngstown State University fraternity house. The gunmen opened fire at an early morning party in a clash that also injured 11, including 6 students, said police. One of the injured is in critical condition,... More »

Pakistani Gunmen Kill 21 in Karachi

Shootings occur during election, may be gang-related

(Newser) - Gunmen have killed at least 21 Pakistanis in Karachi today in a hail of bullets that accompanies a special election to replace a lawmaker who was slain two months ago. The violence may be linked to the city's two main political parties, both of which are seeking the open seat,... More »

Drug Gunmen Attack Mexican Police Bases

Five dead as violence spikes in western state after recent arrests

(Newser) - Gunmen attacked federal police bases in at least six Mexican cities, killing three police officers and two soldiers, the BBC reports. The burst of violence follows arrests and gun battles on Friday in Morelia, where 40 men armed with assault rifles and grenades carried out the raid on the police... More »

11 Dead in Mosque Shooting in Thailand's Volatile South

(Newser) - Gunmen killed 11 people and injured 12 in a southern Thailand mosque today, AFP reports. Officials said between two and five armed men entered the mosque and fired “indiscriminately.” It’s the latest incident in a 5-year guerrilla war that has killed 3,700 in Narathiwat province. The... More »

17 Dead in Acapulco Shootout

Violence further damages resort's tourism industry

(Newser) - A fierce, 2-hour gun battle between drug agents and Mexican authorities in Acapulco has left 15 gunmen and 2 soldiers dead, the BBC reports. After receiving a tip, troops ambushed a house in the resort town last night, as gunmen hurled grenades and crashed their cars trying to flee. Upon... More »

Gunmen Strike Iran Prez Campaign Office

(Newser) - Gunmen raised political tensions in Iran today by shooting up a campaign office in Zahedan, the town where a mosque bombing left 23 dead yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tehran officials accused Washington of supporting the gunmen, who injured up to three people in the office of President Mahmoud... More »

Calif. Mom Begs for Snatched Tot's Return

Cops stumped by home robbery that turned into kidnapping

(Newser) - A mother whose toddler son was snatched by gunmen who invaded her home pleaded yesterday for her son's return. "If anyone sees my boy, call the police quickly. I need you to help me find my boy," a tearful Maria Rosalina Millan said at a press conference. Briant... More »

Gunmen Grab Toddler From Calif. Home

Cops stumped for motive by gunmen who invaded San Bernardino

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy was abducted from his California home yesterday after two gunmen bound his mother and four siblings, reports AP. "We have no idea why they took the child," said a police spokesman. "They were strangers to the whole family." The gunmen burst into the... More »

Pakistan Retakes Police School From Gunmen

(Newser) - Pakistani security forces overpowered a group of gunmen who staged a deadly, highly coordinated assault on a police academy today, capturing six of the militants while eight others died during an hours-long battle in the country's east. Apart from the militants, the assault left eight police and three civilians dead,... More »

20 Killed in Siege at Pakistan Police School

Paramilitary forces are locked in gun battle with attackers

(Newser) - Pakistani troops were locked in a fierce firefight today with gunmen who stormed a police academy near Lahore, killing 20 officers. The attackers, armed with automatic rifles and grenades, stormed the academy's morning turnout dressed as police, reports the Times of London. They "opened fire after throwing grenades,"... More »

Cricket Ref: Pakistan Cops 'Left Us to Be Sitting Ducks'

(Newser) - A British cricket referee traveling in the Sri Lankan convoy attacked in Lahore yesterday said Pakistani police fled the confrontation, the AP reports. “There was not a sign of a policeman anywhere,” Chris Broad said. “They had clearly left the scene and left us to be sitting... More »

8 Die as Pakistan Gunmen Attack Sri Lankan Cricket Team

5 cops killed, at least 8 team members injured

(Newser) - A dozen masked gunmen armed with rocket launchers and rifles opened fire in Pakistan today on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's national cricket team, killing five police officers and injuring at least eight team members. Gunmen rushed the bus as it headed to a stadium in Lahore for a match... More »

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