International Briefs

Man kills 9 with bus

BEIJING: A disgruntled employee killed nine people and injured 11 by plowing a bus into pedestrians and cyclists while fleeing after stabbing a co-worker in northern China, a local government spokesman said on Monday. The man, surnamed Zhang, tried to get away by stealing the bus after an argument in which he stabbed his co-worker with a knife at the Tianbao Transportation Co, said a spokesman for the Tianjing city government. Like many Chinese officials he gave only his surname, Liu. Zhang, 40, worked as a receptionist at the company in the port city, Liu said. The spokesman and the official Xinhua News Agency did not say why Zhang attacked the co-worker.

7 dead in sea accident

JAKARTA: A ferry sank in a storm in remote eastern Indonesia, killing at least seven people and leaving 27 missing, a port official said on Monday. The 42-foot speed boat sank on Wednesday in a storm off the Aru islands, about 3,000 km east of the capital, Jakarta. More than 20 onboard were Chinese workers, the state news agency Antara reported. The boat was carrying 35 crew and passengers on an inter-island trip when it capsized in high waves, port head Billy Picarima said. A Chinese passenger was rescued by fishermen after the accident. The captain reportedly ignored a storm warning, but government transportation authorities could not be reached for comment.