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Pakistan plane plunges into Karachi residential structures, kills 97

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Pakistan plane plunges into Karachi residential structures, kills 97

Officials say that at least 97 people have been killed after an Airbus A320 passenger airliner crashed into a residential neighbourhood while on approach to the airport in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

At least two male passengers of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 from the eastern city of Lahore to Karachi survived the crash on Friday, a health ministry spokeswoman told Al Jazeera.

There were at least 91 passengers on board the plane, according to an official passenger manifest shared with Al Jazeera by the officials.

Health ministry spokeswoman Meeran Yousuf told Al Jazeera by telephone that 97 people have died, with 66 bodies kept at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi’s largest government hospital and 31 at Civil Hospital Karachi, another leading state-run hospital.

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Yousuf said the two survivors were being treated at the hospitals in Karachi, while 19 bodies have been identified so far.

Several people who were on the ground when the airliner crashed into houses in the densely populated Model Colony area of Karachi, adjacent to the city’s international airport, were being treated for their injuries, she added.

“Our plane [an Airbus] A320 which was coming from Lahore to Karachi was on final approach,” said PIA chief Arshad Malik in a video message released after the crash.

“The last words we heard from our pilot were that there is a technical problem and he was told on final approach that he has both runways available to him to land on. But the pilot decided that he wanted to go around.”

The plane then rapidly lost altitude and crashed short of the runway into the Model Colony neighbourhood, witnesses told the local media.

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Dense plumes of black smoke rose above houses in the narrow streets of the neighbourhood, with television footage showing several houses crushed from the impact of the aircraft.

Parts of the plane, including the emergency exit door, were seen strewn in the streets.

Pakistan’s military said it had deployed helicopters to assess the damage and help ferry the dead and wounded to the hospitals.

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NiMet predicts cloudiness, thunderstorm Sunday to Tuesday

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Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudiness and thunderstorm across the country from Sunday to Tuesday.

NiMet`s weather output released on Saturday in Abuja said thunderstorms are currently observed over Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Jos, Minna, and Abuja.

According to it, reports of thunderstorms activities are anticipated over the southern parts of the country.

“ For Sunday, early morning thunderstorms are expected over Yelwa, Sokoto, and Gusau leaving other places in the northern region to be in cloudy skies during the morning hours.

“ In the afternoon and evening period, thunderstorms are anticipated over the Southern Sokoto, Gusau, Southern Borno, Kano, and Katsina while the other places in the north should have patches of clouds with intervals of sunshine.

“Cloudiness is anticipated over the central cities in the morning hours with prospects of thunderstorms over Jos, Kaduna, Abuja, Ilorin, Mambilla Plateau, Kogi, and Makurdi during the afternoon/evening period, “ it said.

It predicted the southern regions to be cloudy with a few thunderstorms over parts of Calabar, Yenegoa, and Port Harcourt in the morning hours.

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The agency envisaged prospects of thunderstorms over the inland while coastal cities are better during the afternoon/evening period.

“For Monday, Cloudiness is anticipated over the northern region throughout the forecast period over the north with possibilities of early morning thunderstorms over parts Yelwa.

“ Cloudy morning is expected over the central cities with possibilities of a few thunderstorms over parts of Abuja, Minna Lafia, Mam“For Tuesday, increased cloudiness should prevail over the northern region in the morning hours with chances of thunderstorms over Sokoto, Kano, Potiskum, Bauchi and Gombe during the afternoon/evening period.

“Patches of clouds should prevail over the central region in the morning hours with possibilities of thunderstorms over the high ground areas of Abuja, Jos, Bida, Jalingo, and Ilorin during the afternoon/evening period.

“Inland cities of the south should be mostly cloudy in the morning with prospects of thunderstorms over the region in afternoon/evening hours.billa Plateau, and Jalingo.

“ Later in the day, pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over Bida, Kaduna, Abuja, Jos, Mambilla Plateau and Makurdi, “ it said.

NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the inland and coastal cities of the south in the morning hours with chances of thunderstorms over Benin, Warri, and Yenagoa.

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It further forecasts thunderstorms over most parts of the inland and coastal cities during the afternoon/evening period.

“Coastal belts should be predominantly under the influence of thunderstorms within the forecast period,“ it said.

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Police commissioner relocates to Moniya due to recent Oyo killings

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Police commissioner relocates to Moniya due to recent Oyo killings

Following the wrongful murder of the 18-year-old teenager identified as Barakat Bello and a 29-year-old Azeezat Somuyiwa in Moniya, Akinyele Local Government Area, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu has relocated his office to the vicinity of the sad incident.

Newsmen learnt that the Deputy Commissioner(Operations) and Deputy Commissioner (Criminal Investigation Department) were among other top officers who relocated to the area.

It was also reported that Somuyiwa, who was seven months pregnant, was killed on Friday in the axis.

The relocation of top officers to the area in response to the killing was announced in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi.

“The police are aware of the dastardly killing of one Baraka Bello ‘f’ 18-years-old of Oloro Area kraal, Akinyele LGA of Oyo State on 31st May, 2020 and one Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya Akinyele LGA, on 5th June, 2020.

`It should be noted that immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the incident, he relocated his office to the area along with the DC Operations, DC Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Area Commander, Moniya, DPOs Moniya and Ojoo with all the police tactical teams in company with Special Assistant (SA) and Executive Assistant (EA) Security from Oyo State Government House.

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“Furthermore, intensified efforts are on by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, to unravel the mystery behind the dastardly killings.

`The Commissioner of Police therefore wishes to use this medium to put the records straight that Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya, that was killed in the early hours of 5th June, 2020 by some assailants was smashed with stone on her head.

“The deceased is not a post graduate student of the University of Ibadan as widely circulated on the social media. Her murder seems similar to that of a ritual killing,’’ Fadeyi said.

The police spokesman said the commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to get to the root of the matter and advised members of the public to be wary of hoodlums in their midst.

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Fadeyi quoted the commissioner as warning residents to be security conscious and embark on bush clearing.

The commissioner also reiterated the command’s resolve to continue to rejig the security architecture for maximum protection of lives and property in the state.

He urged residents to continue to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation, saying adequate security measures had been put in place to respond promptly to any security threat.

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Plateau: One dead, 12 injured as tanker rams into vehicles

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Plateau: One dead, 12 injured as tanker rams into vehicles

Catastrophy struck on Saturday in Plateau State as a 45,000 capacity laden truck with petroleum suddenly lost control and rammed into several vehicles including pedestrians at Polo roundabout in Jos North local government area of the state.

The accident killed one person and left 12 others in critical conditions.

An eye witness told newsmen that the unfortunate incident occurred at about 11:34 am when the driver of the truck with the registration number Abuja RBC 141 XB lost control of the vehicle due to brake failure and could not manoeuvre the truck to a stop as he approached Polo roundabout, Tribune reported.

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The driver who was an underage rammed the truck into several vehicles including seven commercial tricycles with passengers before it finally crashed into the fence of Saint John College where some people sustained injuries.

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It was gathered that the driver and other two people in the truck suddenly jumped out after the crash and ran into the College to avoid being lynched by the people within the vicinity.

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The Media Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps Plateau Command Mr Andrew Bala who confirmed the accident said one person was killed in the crash while 12 others sustained injuries and presently receiving treatment at Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, Plateau State.

Bala who attributed the accident to mechanical deficient vehicle said the driver of the truck lost control as a result of brake failure and rammed into seven tricycles and three other cars.

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He, therefore, appealed to drivers to always maintain their vehicles and drive at minimal speed anytime they are driving within a township.

Meanwhile, residents of Polo have appealed to both the State and federal governments to find a solution to the incessant accident involving trucks and other articulated vehicles in the area.

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