14 killed in mishap

ISLAMABAD: At least 14 people were killed in a road accident in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province on Wednesday, state-run PTV reported. The accident took place between provincial capital Peshawar and Kohat when a speeding passenger bus rammed into a truck. Fourteen people on board the bus, including children and women, were killed. Many were injured. The bus was destroyed in the accident. — Xinhua

Muslim cleric arrested

MUMBAI: Mumbai Police on Wednesday arrested a maulvi (cleric) of a suburban mosque here for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl. The maulvi, Altaf Munshi, 47, was nabbed on Wednesday morning after the girl lodged a complaint against him on Tuesday night. Altaf Munshi is a maulvi at the Medina Mosque in Vikhroli. Deputy Commissioner of Police Datta Karale said, “Yesterday afternoon Altaf Munshi asked the girl, who stays few buildings away, to come to his house to help him with religious ceremonies.” Karale said when the girl went to his house, Altaf assaulted and raped her.

Shortly thereafter, the police arrested the maulvi. —HNS

22 killed in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: A roadside blast in Sri Lanka’s restive eastern region on Wednesday killed two policemen while fighting in the north left at least 19 rebels and one soldier dead, the government said. The mine attack that killed the two policemen also injured five peop le, including a civilian and two elite police commandos, the defence ministry said, blaming the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Meanwhile, fighting across the war-ravaged northern district had killed at least one soldier and 19 rebels on Tuesday, the defence ministry said. —AFP

Two killed in blast

DUBAI: Two people were killed and two were injured in a massive explosion at a fireworks factory on Wednesday that has sparked a raging conflagration in an industrial zone, Dubai civil defence official said. The cause of the explosion is not clear. At least one injured person is being treated at the nearby Rashid hospital. The blast occurred in Dubai’s Al Qouz Industrial area, which consists of warehouses, factories, malls and labour camps, where thousands of Asian construction workers live. — AP

Three cops killed

KANDAHAR: Three policemen have been killed in separate bomb and gun attacks across insurgency-hit Afghanistan with two other officers seized by Taliban militants, officials said on Wednesday. One policeman was killed and two others were captured by Taliban militants after a gunbattle overnight in the southern province of Ghazni, government spokesman Zia Wali Zadran said. A roadside bomb blast early on Wednesday killed another policeman and injured two others patrolling in the volatile southern province of Helmand. A third police officer was killed and another was injured in another bomb blast in Musaei, a village south of the capital Kabul. — AFP