Posts Tagged ‘shooting’

At least 30 migrants drown in new Med disaster — “Real life tragedy unfolding on Europe’s doorstep today.”

May 24, 2017

AFP

© AFP/File | The Libyan coast guard has recently begun carrying out its own operations at sea, towing migrant dinghies headed for Europe back to shore and locking up those recovered in centres which are renowned for human rights abuses

ROME (AFP) – 

At least 30 migrants including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coast guard.

“There’s a critical situation today. About 200 people fell into the water,” a coastguard spokesman told AFP, while a humanitarian worker at the scene said 31 bodies had been recovered.

The migrants were on a wooden boat carrying between 500 and 700 people and were just 20 nautical miles off the Libyan coast when the accident happened.

The crew of the Phoenix aid boat, chartered by the Maltese NGO Moas, had begun the rescue and were distributing lifejackets when many of those on deck fell into the water, perhaps knocked off balance by a wave.

“Not a scene from a horror movie… Real life tragedy unfolding on Europe’s doorstep today!,” said Chris Catrambone, Moas co-founder, who was aboard the Phoenix and published photos showing white body bags lined up on the deck.

“Rescuers are frantically trying to break open the locked hold on a wooden boat where hundreds of migrants are trapped!” he tweeted.

With the help of an Italian coast guard ship and several commercial ships, rescuers raced to drag as many people as possible from the water, while a military aircraft dropped life-rafts and a helicopter looked for survivors.

“Current body count at 31,” Catrambone said, adding many who fell overboard had been “small toddlers”.

– ‘Shots fired’ –

About 15 relief operations were under way Wednesday off Libya in total, the coast guard said.

On Tuesday, they coordinated the rescue of about 1,500 people, while their Libyan counterparts intercepted 237 others, including 20 women and 15 children, travelling on two wooden boats.

Among the migrants was a group of 12 Libyans — including five women and three children — who were trying to flee the conflict-hit country. Libyans have been a rare sight on migrant boats so far.

The German NGO Jugend Rettet said Tuesday it had had a run-in with armed men on a boat purportedly commandeered by the Libyan coast guard.

The Libyan boat already had passengers on board — presumably picked up from a dinghy in the area.

Jugend Rettet published a photograph appearing to show the armed men pointing their weapons directly at the migrants and said “a variety of shots” were fired “and refugees were beaten”.

Some 100 people on the Libyan boat panicked when the shots rang out and threw themselves into the water, swimming towards the German boat Iuventa and the SOS Mediterranee boat Aquarius, which was also at the scene.

“We can not say whether and how many dead there were in the shooting. We had to be careful not to get a bullet ourselves,” Jugend Rettet said in a statement citing the Iuventa’s 25-year old captain Jonas, without giving his surname.

The Libyan coast guard has recently begun carrying out its own operations at sea, towing migrant dinghies headed for Europe back to shore and locking up those recovered in centres which are renowned for human rights abuses.

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U.K. Parliament Attacker Leaves 4 Dead, Including Police Officer

March 23, 2017

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A car slammed into pedestrians near the U.K. Parliament, leaving at least four people dead and 40 injured. Police, who are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, shot dead the man believed to be the attacker.

Updated March 22, 2017 8:18 p.m. ET

LONDON—A suspected Islamist terrorist mowed down scores of pedestrians on a crowded bridge before crashing his car near the gates of Parliament and stabbing a policeman, leaving four dead in an attack that struck at the heart of British democracy.

The attacker was shot to death, authorities said, and 40 people were injured in the most serious act of terror in the U.K. since 2005, when coordinated bombings by Islamist extremists on…

Orly airport attacker ‘had been drinking, taking drugs’, autopsy reveals — “He never prayed, and he drank.”

March 20, 2017

AFP

© THOMAS SAMSON / AFP | Police officers investigate at the house of the suspect of an attack at the Paris Orly’s airport, on March 18, 2017, in Garges-les-Gonesse.

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The man shot dead at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial source said Sunday.

Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital’s second-busiest airport.

“Toxicology tests carried out on Sunday showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in his blood, and the presence of cannabis and cocaine,” the source said.

Ben Belgacem’s father had insisted earlier Sunday that his son was “not a terrorist” and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs.

Ben Belgacem, who was born in France to Tunisian parents, grabbed a soldier on patrol at Orly’s southern terminal on Saturday morning. He put a gun to her head and seized her rifle, saying he wanted to “die for Allah”.

The attacker, who had also fired at police in a northern Paris suburb earlier that morning, was shot dead by two other soldiers after a scuffle.

Ben Belgacem’s father insisted his son — who had spent time in prison for armed robbery and drug-dealing — was not a extremist.

“My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed, and he drank,” the father, who was in shock and whose first name was not given, told Europe 1 radio.

Investigators were examining his telephone.

The attack at Orly comes with France still on high alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives in two years.

The violence has made security a key issue in France’s two-round presidential election on April 23 and May 7.

Not on terror watchlist

Ben Belgacem’s brother and cousin were released Sunday after they, like the attacker’s father, were held for questioning. All three had approached police themselves on Saturday after the attack.

After spending Friday night in a bar with his cousin, Ben Belgacem was pulled over by police for speeding in the gritty northern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse, where he lived, just before 7:00 am.

He drew a gun and fired, slightly injuring one officer. Shortly after, he contacted his relatives to tell them he had “done something stupid”, they told police.

Ben Belgacem later appeared at the bar where he had been the previous night, firing more shots and stealing another car before continuing on to the airport.

He had been investigated in 2015 over suspicions he had radicalised while serving jail time, but his name did not feature on the list of those thought to pose a high risk.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Ben Belgacem appeared to have become caught up in a “sort of headlong flight that became more and more destructive”.

Dozens of flights to and from Orly were cancelled during an hours-long shutdown after the incident, but by Sunday afternoon air traffic had returned to normal, a spokeswoman for the Paris airports authority said.

The shooting took place on the second day of a visit to Paris by Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, which was unaffected.

‘I’ve screwed up’

Ben Belgacem’s father told Europe 1 his son had called him after the first police shooting “in a state of extreme agitation”.

“He said to me: ‘Daddy, please forgive me. I’ve screwed up with a police officer’.”

At the time of his death, Ben Belgacem was carrying a petrol can in his backpack, as well as 750 euros ($805) in cash, a copy of the Koran, a packet of cigarettes and a lighter.

A small amount of cocaine and a machete were found during a search of his home on Saturday.

Soldiers guarding key sites have been targeted in four attacks in the past two years but escaped with only minor injuries.

In mid-February, a machete-wielding Egyptian man attacked a soldier outside Paris’s Louvre museum, injuring him slightly, before being shot and wounded.

President Francois Hollande said Saturday his government was “determined to fight relentlessly against terrorism”.

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Paris Attacker Shot At Police on Saturday Morning in Paris, Died In Orly Airport Shooting Hours Later — Radicalized Muslim known to intelligence services

March 18, 2017

PARIS — The man who was shot dead by soldiers at Orly airport on Saturday was the same individual who had shot at security services earlier in the morning in northern Paris and was a radicalized Muslim known to authorities, a police source said.

“A police road check took place in Stains (northern Paris) this morning at 0700. It turned bad and the individual shot at the officers before fleeing,” one police source said.

“This same man – a radicalized Muslim known to intelligence services and the justice system – then took a Famas (assault weapon) from a soldier at Orly’s southern terminal … before being shot dead by a soldier.”

A second police source said the two incidents were linked.

(Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Writing by John Irish; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Armed: Three gunmen who attacked the offices of controversial magazine Charlie Hebdo this morning remain on the run this afternoon, causing authorities to heighten security

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Lockdown: The streets of Paris are being patrolled by soldiers dressed in combat fatigues and carrying Famas assault rifles this afternoon after a terror attack killed 12 people earlier in the day

Orly shooting: ‘radicalised Muslim’ killed at Paris airport had shot police officer

March 18, 2017

The Guardian

Police sources say man killed by soldier was earlier involved in incident north of French capital in which policeman was shot and injured

A man said to be a radicalised Muslim known to security services shot a police officer north of Paris before going to Orly airport, where he was shot and killed on Saturday morning.

The man was shot after he tried to grab a soldier’s weapon at the airport, interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

“A man took a weapon from a soldier then hid in a shop in the airport before being shot dead by security forces,” he said.

The soldier was part of the Sentinel special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

Police sources said the same man was also involved in the incident at Stains, north of the French capital, in which a policeman was shot and injured during a road check.

No explosive devices were found on the dead man’s body, Brandet said.

© AFP | French special forces secure the area after a man was shot dead at Paris’ Orly airport, on March 18, 2017

Police evacuated both terminals at Orly and all flights have been suspended, with some diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport. Travellers have been told to avoid the airport while the security operation was under way. Some passengers whose flights had already landed were being held on board.

A witness, Franck Lecam, said: “We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby. We are all outside the airport, about 200 metres from the entrance.

“There are policemen, emergency workers and soldiers everywhere in all directions. A security official told us that it happened near gates 37-38 where Turkish Airlines flights were scheduled.”

No one else was injured in the Orly incident.

The French interior minister, Bruno Le Roux, is due to visit the airport, south of Paris, later.

The aiport shooting follows after a similar incident last month at the Louvre museum in central Paris.

France remains under a state of emergency in the wake of the attack on the Bataclan music venue in November 2015 in which 90 people were killed by jihadi gunmen, and the Nice truck attack last July that claimed the lives of 84 people and injured hundreds more.

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Man shot dead at Paris Orly airport after taking soldier’s gun: official

March 18, 2017

AFP

© AFP | French special forces secure the area after a man was shot dead at Paris’ Orly airport, on March 18, 2017

PARIS (AFP) – Security forces at Paris’ Orly airport on Saturday shot dead a man who took a weapon from a soldier, the interior ministry said, adding that nobody else was hurt in the incident.Witnesses said the airport was evacuated following the shooting at around 8:30am (0730GMT).

“A man took a weapon from a soldier then hid in a shop in the airport before being shot dead by security forces,” an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

He said no one was wounded in the incident.

Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux is due to visit the facility, which is in Paris’ southern outskirts, the spokesman added.

“We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby,” witness Franck Lecam said.

“The whole airport has been evacuated,” the 54-year-old said, confirming what an airport worker, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said earlier.

“We are all outside the airport, about 200 metres from the entrance,” Lecam said.

“There are policemen, emergency workers and soldiers everywhere in all directions. A security official told us that it happened near gates 37-38 where Turkish Airlines flights were scheduled.”

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A picture taken on February 7, 2017 shows the wreckage of a burnt car in one of the main streets of the Cite des 3000 in Aulnay-sous-Bois

The wreckage of a burnt car in Aulnay-sous-Bois after angry French youths clashed with police over the alleged rape of a local man during his arrest. CREDIT:GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT /AFP/GETTY IMAGES 

The area around the Louvre museum in Paris has been evacuated after a huge security operation was launched this morning

The area around the Louvre museum in Paris was evacuated after a huge security operation was launched

ATTACK AT THE LOUVRE: Machete-wielding man shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ stopped by soldier, police say
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 Paris — April 2016 — A protestor kicks a tear gas cannister as demonstrators clash with anti-riot police. Photograph by Joel Saget, AFP, Getty Images
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FRANCE COULD BE READY TO LIFT STATE OF EMERGENCY, SAYS JUSTICE MINISTER

France may be ready to drop its state of emergency, which has been in place since the deadly extremist attacks on Paris in November 2015.

In a speech Wednesday, Minister of Justice Jean-Jacques Urvoas said: “We have created the conditions that make it possible to exit the state of emergency, without weakening ourselves or remaining helpless in the face of the threat of terrorism,” French daily newspaper Le Figaroreports.

The state of emergency has dramatically increased the number and visibility of armed law enforcement officials on patrol across the country and tightened the laws on public assembly.

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Its implementation proved controversial, with increased raids on Muslim communities in the immediate aftermath of the attacks attracting particular criticism from human rights groups.

Urvoas did not give any final date for returning to a lower state of alert, however it has to be approved on a bi-annual basis. The current extension ends in July – two months after France’s upcoming presidential election.

Paris Orly airport: Man killed after attempt to seize soldier’s gun — Hours after Minister of Justice proposes lifting “State of Emergency”

March 18, 2017

A man has been shot dead after trying to seize a gun from a soldier at Orly airport, French police say. Security officials have evacuated the building and urged visitors to avoid the area.

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French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the man ran into a shop inside the airport before he was shot dead on Saturday morning.

A bomb sweep was underway at the site to make sure the individual was not wearing an explosive belt, Brandet added.

The ministry also reported that a police officer was shot and injured in a separate incident north of Paris.

Emergency vehicles surrounded Orly airport as the elite RAID special police force secured the area.

Security officials evacuated part of the building and urged the public to keep clear while the police operation was underway.

[] On going police operation. Please respect the safety perimeter and avoid the airport area.

“We were waiting in line to board the flight to Tel Aviv when we heard three or four gunshots nearby,” witness Franck Lecam told AFP. “The whole airport was evacuated.”

A national police official said the soldier accosted by the slain man was part of the Sentinel special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a series of deadly terror attacks.

The man’s motive wasn’t immediately clear. No one else was reported to have been harmed in the incident.

Minister of the Interior Bruno Le Roux was on his way to the airport, his office reported.

France remains under a state of emergency after several recent terror attacks. In November 2015 multiple terrorists killed 130 people in simultaneous attacks in Paris. In July 2016, an attacker drove a truck through crowds in Nice celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 people.

Orly airport is south of Paris and is the French capital’s second-largest airport after Charles de Gaulle.

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The area around the Louvre museum in Paris has been evacuated after a huge security operation was launched this morning

The area around the Louvre museum in Paris was evacuated after a huge security operation was launched

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FRANCE COULD BE READY TO LIFT STATE OF EMERGENCY, SAYS JUSTICE MINISTER

France may be ready to drop its state of emergency, which has been in place since the deadly extremist attacks on Paris in November 2015.

In a speech Wednesday, Minister of Justice Jean-Jacques Urvoas said: “We have created the conditions that make it possible to exit the state of emergency, without weakening ourselves or remaining helpless in the face of the threat of terrorism,” French daily newspaper Le Figaroreports.

The state of emergency has dramatically increased the number and visibility of armed law enforcement officials on patrol across the country and tightened the laws on public assembly.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, flower, plant, shoes, table and child

Its implementation proved controversial, with increased raids on Muslim communities in the immediate aftermath of the attacks attracting particular criticism from human rights groups.

Urvoas did not give any final date for returning to a lower state of alert, however it has to be approved on a bi-annual basis. The current extension ends in July – two months after France’s upcoming presidential election.

France: Shooting at a school in the southern town of Grasse — Apparently eight wounded including the head teacher — Heavily armed student had rifle, handguns, grenades

March 16, 2017

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© AFP | French police issued a smarphone alert after a shooting in a school in the southern town of Grasse

PARIS (AFP) – A 17-year-old pupil was arrested with a cache of weapons after a shooting in a high school in southern France on Thursday that left eight people injured including the head teacher.

Here is what we know about the shooting, which comes with France on high alert ahead of a presidential election and after a string of terror attacks:

– Who was the attacker? –

The suspect is a 17-year-old pupil at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school in the southern town of Grasse.

He was not previously known to police and appears to have acted alone, despite initial reports of a second attacker on the loose.

He was armed with a rifle, two handguns and two grenades.

The head of the regional government, Christian Estrosi, said that early indications pointed to someone with “psychological problems”.

– Was this a terror attack? –

Apparently not. Estrosi said they are “not at all” treating it as a terror attack at this stage.

France is still on high alert after a string of attacks by jihadists since January 2015 that has claimed around 230 lives.

Security was bolstered around schools for the new school year in September and more than 3,000 reservists were called up.

– Who was hurt? –

The head teacher and two others suffered gunshot wounds. Another five people were injured during a stampede following the shooting, according to a statement from the interior ministry.

Estrosi said the head teacher’s injuries are not life threatening.

There was panic at the school as some pupils escaped to a local supermarket and rumours spread quickly of an attack.

– What was the response? –

Schools in the town were immediately placed on lockdown and a smartphone application was triggered to warn people to stay away.

Terrified parents were also warned not to approach the school as elite special forces moved in to secure the area.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve broke off a visit to northern France and set off towards the scene in a helicopter.

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem also said she was heading immediately to the school.

– Where did it take place? –

The Alexis de Tocqueville school has a good reputation and specialises in scientific courses.

The town of Grasse, just 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the French Riviera resort of Nice, is a quiet hillside town with a population of some 50,000 is famous for its perfume industry.

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Heavily-armed student opens fire in French high school

Reuters

Thu Mar 16, 2017 | 10:53am EDT

By Emmanuel Jarry and John Irish | PARIS

A teenage student opened fire on Thursday at a high school in southeastern France injuring three people, including the headmaster, in an attack carried out after he had watched American-style mass shooting videos, the interior ministry said.

The incident, which does not appear to be linked to terrorism, comes with France on high alert after more than 230 people were killed in the past two years by attackers allied to the militant group Islamic State.

With a presidential election less than six weeks away, the attack by the 17-year-old armed with a hunting rifle seemed likely to further stimulate debate on security and fears of terrorism which are among big campaign issues.

Separately, in Paris, a female employee of the International Monetary Fund was injured in the face and arms when a letter bomb posted to the world lender’s Paris office blew up as she opened it, police said.

Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said three people had been injured, and five other people were in shock after the teenager opened fire with the rifle in a high school in the town of Grasse.

The youth, who was also carrying two handguns and two grenades, was arrested at the school. Checks were underway to establish whether there was a second assailant.

“The first investigations suggest he had consulted American-style mass killings’ videos,” the spokesman said.

France has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. French citizens are banned from owning automatic weapons, while many other guns require government authorization and a medical exam, along with a permit from a hunting or sport shooting federation.

A police source said the youth arrested did not seem to be known to police.

Local emergency services used Twitter to advise residents of the town of about 50,000 inhabitants to stay at home. The government launched a mobile telephone application warning of a “terrorist” attack, although this is now automatic for any such incident.

Witnesses interviewed by local television described a scene of panic as the gunman entered the canteen with students rushing to hide under tables or sprinting for the exit.

“It was total panic,” Achraf, a student, said on BFM TV. “The gunshots were at 4 to 5 meters from where we were. We thought the gunman was coming towards us. We heard him shouting.

“I just know the gunman by sight. He was gentle and low-key key, not a nasty guy.”

(Reporting by Sophie Louet, Marine Pennetier, John Irish, Sudip Kar-Gupta and Brain Love, Geert De Clercq; writing by John Irish; Editing by Adrian Croft and Richard Balmforth)

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China: Government official carries out a rare shooting rampage — Party secretary and city mayor shot

January 4, 2017

Reuters

January 4, 2016

Mayor Zhang Yan (left three) and then district head Chen Zhongshu (right two) visiting a local wet market before the Chinese New Year. Photo via Panzhihua government website.

Mayor Zhang Yan (left three) and then district head Chen Zhongshu (right two) visiting a local wet market before the Chinese New Year. Photo via Panzhihua government website.

A government official was suspected to have carried out a rare shooting rampage in China on Wednesday in which two officials were wounded when a gunman burst into a meeting and opened fire, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The shooting happened at an exhibition center in Panzhihua city in Sichuan province. The gunmen fired multiple shots at city leaders assembled there before fleeing, Xinhua reported.

The shooter was suspected to be the chief of the city’s Land and Resources Bureau, who was found dead after committing suicide on the second floor of the building, it said.

Xinhua did not give any more details about the attack or a motive. Telephone calls to the city government’s information office were not answered.

The mayor and the head of the city’s municipal committee were wounded but would survive, Xinhua said.

Violent crime is rare in China, compared with many other countries, and gun ownership is strictly controlled, but there has been a series of knife attacks in recent years, including one in November when seven children were wounded.

(Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Party secretary and city mayor shot by official in Sichuan

Party secretary and leader of an inland city in China were injured by a government official in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, local media say

JANUARY 4, 2017 4:18 PM (UTC+8)

A government official shot two leaders of an inland city in Sichuan province, China, during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning, local government media reported.

Party secretary Zhang Yan and mayor Li Jianqin of Panzhihua, a city in the southwestern province of Sichuan was shot by Chen Zhongshu, the head of the Bureau of Land and Resources in the city’s Convention and Exhibition Center, the provincial Communist Party mouthpiece Sichuan Daily confirmed on its Weibo account.

Chen later killed himself in the same building, while Zhang and Li are recovering after receiving emergency treatment.

Hong Kong media HK01 reported that the Communist Party of China’s anti-graft watchdog had started investigating Chen, after receiving approval from leaders of the local government.

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Li Jianqun at a press conference in 2011, when he was with the Ministry of Land and Resources. Photo via gov.cn.

Li had transferred to Panzhihua in July 2016 from the law enforcement department within the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Panzhihua is a mineral-rich city in southwestern China. Mao Zedong first designated the city as an iron and steel base during the Great Leap Forward in 1958, according to the People’s Daily.

The city’s reserves of titanium and vanadium ranks the first and the third in the world, respectively.

http://www.atimes.com/article/party-secretary-city-mayor-shot-official-sichuan/

Philippine Police Have Suspect After Girl, 15, Hit By Gunfire On December 31, Goes Into a Coma

January 1, 2017

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Emil Villanueva checks on his daughter Emilyn, 15, who is fighting for her life at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center after she was hit in the head by a bullet while watching fireworks outside her home in Malabon on New Year’s Eve. While health officials counted her as a stray bullet victim, police said it was not a case of celebratory gunfire and a suspect had been identified. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines – Emilyn Villanueva was watching fireworks and texting outside her home in Malabon during New Year’s Eve when a shot rang out. The girl, 15, collapsed on the pavement from a bullet that hit her head.

Villanueva remained in a coma last night at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, where relatives rushed her after she was hit at 11:50 Saturday night along Sacristia Street in Barangay San Agustin.

Health officials listed Villanueva among the victims of stray bullets during the New Year’s Eve revelry, although Malabon police chief investigator Dennis Javier said she was the unintended victim of a shooting incident between two feuding men. Javier said a suspect had been identified and was being hunted down.

Despite stringent security measures by the Philippine National Police, stray bullets still killed at least one person and wounded nine others nationwide during holiday celebrations from Dec. 16 up to New Year’s Day.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the holiday celebrations were still generally peaceful.

The lone fatality was identified as Roan Carbonel, 20, who was hit in the back on Christmas Day in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Three of the injured were from Metro Manila, two in Central Visayas, one in Calabarzon, one in Cordillera and one in Soccsksargen.

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said a total of four stray bullet cases were reported as of yesterday morning. Two of them are from Pateros and the third is a 17-year-old boy from Payatas, Quezon City.

“Among the four, it’s the case of the 15-year-old girl from Malabon which is near fatal,” Ubial said, referring to Emilyn Villanueva.

“She was brought to the emergency room at around 1 a.m. but doctors could not operate on her to remove the bullet because it would be more dangerous,” said Emmanuel Montana, the director of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Northern Police District (NPD) director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo, however, said Villanueva was not a victim of indiscriminate gunfire but of a shooting incident.

PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said they are still consolidating details on stray bullet incidents.

He added they have yet to receive further reports of indiscriminate firing cases.

Aggressive campaign

Despite these incidents, Dela Rosa said the holiday season was generally peaceful with no serious untoward incidents.

“Although the festive mood of the holiday season was marred by nine isolated cases of stray bullet injuries and death, the PNP has been aggressive in law enforcement operations against indiscriminate firing of guns and illegal discharge of firearms,” he said.

Dela Rosa stressed the PNP’s aggressive campaign against indiscriminate firing during the New Year revelry resulted in the arrest of 15 people.

Those arrested included a policeman, a soldier and 13 civilians.

Dela Rosa said the 15 will face charges of illegal discharge of firearms.

In the case of the 17-year-old boy from Payatas,

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said they placed under questioning Jaime Pabua, a 49-year-old civilian employee who was caught in possession of a .45 pistol and a fully loaded extra magazine.

Spent bullet shells were found near the Civil Service Commission compound where Pabua was earlier seen firing his handgun several times, police said.

In Oriental Mindoro, the PNP provincial director reported arresting three servicemen for illegal discharge of firearms during New Year’s Eve.

Oriental Mindoro police provincial director Senior Supt. Cris Birung identified the arrested soldiers as Privates First Class Mark Kevin Fabic Fajilagutan, Leonard Magro and John Ray Basco Calansa, of the Army’s 51st Engineer Brigade assigned in Barangay Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.

Police said the three soldiers were blamed for the injury of a resident, Nymar Villanueva who was hit by a stray bullet.

A concerned citizen reportedly saw the three soldiers firing their service pistols during the New Year revelry. – With Non Alquitran, Cecille Suerte Felipe, Mayen Jaymalin, Perseus Echeminada, Romina Cabrera

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