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Thursday
Feb162012

32 People Killed in Nigeria Bus Crash

ABC News Radio(BAUCHI, Nigeria) -- A two-bus accident claimed the lives of 32 people in northern Nigeria on Thursday.

The buses burst into flames in a head-on collision, killing everyone onboard. State officials say the buses, which belonged to a state-run company, were speeding in a work area zone.

The U.S. State Department issued an advisory on travelling on Nigerian roads, saying many roads in the country are in poor condition.

The advisory says in part: "Excessive speed, unpredictable driving habits, lack of basic maintenance and safety equipment on many vehicles, and the absence of any official vehicle inspection for roadworthiness present additional hazards."

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Thursday
Dec162010

Man Arrested After Attacking Students with Knife in Japan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- An early-morning knife attack outside a train station northeast of Tokyo left more than a dozen people injured, and a 27-year-old man behind bars.

Police say the suspect boarded a crowded school bus parked outside Toride station in Ibaraki Prefecture and stabbed students on board before proceeding to attack passengers on another city bus at 7:40 a.m. Japan standard time.

At least 11 students were injured, many of them sustaining minor cuts to their wrists and face, according to police.

"The man came in from the back of the bus," said the bus driver, who declined to give his name in an interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK. "I first thought students were fighting. But when I started to hear them screaming, I knew something wasn't right."

The attack occurred during peak rush hour, just as 50 students from a nearby middle and high school were getting ready to head to class.

Witnesses outside the train station bus terminal reported seeing some students bleeding from their faces, covering their wounds.

Police spokesman Mitsuyuki Ooura said two passengers on board the second bus caught up with the suspect, Yuta Saito.

He was arrested on charges of attempted murder. Ooura said he admitted to the stabbing and told detectives "he wanted to end his life."

For many Japanese, Thursday's incident brought back unwelcome memories of a similar stabbing spree in the heart of Tokyo a few years ago.  In 2008, seven people were killed and 10 others injured when a man drove his truck into a busy street and began stabbing those nearby.

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