Pakistan: A Pakistani military plane on a training flight crashed into homes near the garrison city of Rawalpindi before dawn on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people, most of them on the ground.
Fires, damaged homes and debris were visible in Mora Kalu village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi after daybreak. Troops and police cordoned off the residential area to search for plane debris and investigative evidence after the rescue efforts had ended.
Five soldiers, including two army pilots, and at least 13 civilians were killed, the military said in a statement.
Farooq Butt, an official at the state-run emergency service, said an additional 15 people were injured. Rescue officials said the death toll could rise since some of those injured were critical.
“We have shifted all the bodies and injured persons to hospitals, Most of the victims received burn injuries and children are among the dead.” he added.
Residents say they woke up when they heard an explosion and saw debris of a burning plane near their homes. Army helicopters were seen hovering over the crash site later.
“My sister, her husband and their three children were killed when the plane crashed into their home,” said Mohammad Mustafa, as he sobbed near his sister’s badly damaged home. He said rescuers and troops quickly reached the area after the crash.
The military said the army aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed, but had no information on the possible cause.
Pakistan has a chequered aviation safety record, with plane and helicopter crashes frequent over the years.
Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.
The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.
According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.
The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.
Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.
A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.
The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.
There were no CCTV cameras in the area.