43 killed in Sudan

JUBA: At least 43 people have been killed, including seven soldiers, and scores wounded in clashes between troops and cattle rustlers in south Sudan. Gunmen attacked a small settlement in the Twic East region of Jonglei state early on Friday, said Major General Kuol Diem Kuol, of the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army. “The men attacked at the settlement of Wernyol at 5:00 am with guns, coming to take the cattle,

and to loot and steal. There was only a small police force based in Wernyol, and they were soon overrun, but nearby SPLA platoons heard

the shooting and rushed to the

area.” — AFP

Ultras’ camp raided

ISLAMABAD: Helicopter gunships destroyed a training camp for suicide bombers in northwestern Pakistan’s troubled Swat Valley overnight, killing six suspected Taliban fighters, the army said on Saturday. The camp’s trainees - including teenagers - were responsible for at least three attacks in recent weeks. The raid on the training facility, located on a small island in the Swat River opposite the town of Charbagh, came on Friday night after local residents tipped off security forces of its location, according to Lt Col Akhtar Abbas, the army spokesman in Swat. — AP

China mine mishap

BEIJING: Fifteen miners were killed after inhaling toxic gases in a graphite mine in central China. The deaths occurred on Friday afternoon at the mine in the town of Yuanlutang in Hunan province. No further details were immediately available on the accident, which was under investigation. China’s poorly regulated mining industry is among the world’s deadliest, with thousands of miners killed every year in underground explosions, cave-ins, mine floods and

gas leaks. — AFP

Mumbai attack trial

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court delayed a closed-door hearing on Saturday to charge five suspects in last year’s Mumbai terrorist attacks. The judge in a special anti-terrorism court ordered the weeklong adjournment because the prosecution failed to provide one defence lawyer copies of the charge sheet. New hearing was scheduled for September 5. — AP