Crude bomb kills one

BHUBANESWAR: A crude bomb being carried in a lunch box to chase marauding elephants away from fields exploded in an Orissa village, killing one and injuring three. Five people from Kadua village in Dhenkanal district, 150 km from here, had gone to their fields on the outskirts of the village on Friday night. To chase away elephants, one of them was carrying a bomb inside his lunchbox, which exploded. While one man died instantly, three people were critically injured. — HNS

Japanese killed

BANGKOK: A crane toppled over at a bridge construction site in northeastern Thailand, crushing to death a Japanese engineer, injuring several other workers, and leaving eight more unaccounted for, police said on Saturday. Of the eight missing workers, two were engineers from Japan and one from the Philippines, said Lt Col Phairot Chantim, a police officer in the city of Mukdahan where the accident took place. The other workers were from Thailand and Laos. — AP

Afghan judge shot

KANDAHAR: Suspected Taliban insurgents on Saturday shot dead a judge in southern Afghanistan, where a government official and a policeman were also killed in separate attacks. Qazi Namatullah, a district judge and cleric in Panjwayi, was on way to a mosque when he was gunned down.— AFP