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Friday 15 December 2017

NI police foil terror attack

Terrorists who prepared to launch two mortar explosives in south Armagh had planned to kill police officers, PSNI chief inspector Davy Beck said yesterday.

The devices were discovered near the village of Cullyhanna, not far from the Irish border.

Several families had to leave their homes as police conducted a major security operation to declare the area safe for residents to return.

Investigators did not say what the bombers' target was, but it has been suggested it may have been intended to down a police helicopter as the missiles were pointed skywards.

41 DIE IN KENYA COACH PLUNGE

The driver of a bus travelling on a dark country road in Kenya lost control of the vehicle early yesterday and it plunged into a valley, killing at least 41 people.

Police said more than two dozen others were injured. The accident occurred near Narok, 85 miles west of Nairobi.

Deadly road accidents are common in Kenya, where highways frequently lack safety features like guard rails, reflective paint or lights.

HOCKNEY AIDE DRANK ACID

An assistant to artist David Hockney died after drinking acid at the painter's home.

Dominic Elliott (23) had taken cocaine, ecstasy and temazepam before he drank the liquid and was rushed to hospital, where he died, an inquest has heard.

Mr Elliott was taken ill at Hockney's home in East Yorkshire in March. The artist was not at home at the time.

CRASH BOY (8) KILLS SISTER (6)

An eight-year-old US boy was driving his mother's car when it crashed into a pole, killing his six-year-old sister.

The car veered and struck the pole when police tried to pull it over, Phoenix police Sgt Steve Martos said yesterday.

The girl and her brother, who had minor injuries, were both in their pyjamas.

The children's mother had put them to bed but couldn't find them half an hour later. She called police to report her children may have been kidnapped. The accident occurred a short distance from the children's home.

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