Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD SAUDI ARABIA Bomb Suspect Expected To Be ID'd

Saudi Arabian authorities have apparently identified a man behind a bomb attack Friday at a mosque in Bishah in the kingdom's southwestern region that killed six people, sources close to the region's governor said.

An official announcement was to be issued late Saturday about the identity of the mastermind behind the attack in Bishah governorate, which also injured 100 people.

The bomb, which hit the mosque packed with some 500 worshipers attending Friday prayers, was the first known attack in a Saudi Arabian mosque for more than a decade. It is not known whether the attack was part of a tribal vendetta or a political statement.

The last attack was in 1979, when Muslim zealots seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest shrine in Islam. Reuters MEXICO Quake Rattles People's Nerves

An earthquake shook southern Mexico and Guatemala late Friday, toppling homes and causing widespread panic but no fatalities. The quake, which measured 6.3, was centered about 20 miles southwest of Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the southern state of Chiapas.

The tremor followed a series of recent killer quakes in Mexico, including a magnitude 7.6 quake Oct. 9 in western Mexico in which at least 40 people died.

The Mexican Red Cross said hundreds of people were treated throughout the state for shaken nerves and cuts and bruises caused by falling tiles and bricks. Electricity and telephone service to the area was knocked out for several hours, and rock slides from the tremor blocked local roads, including a highway between Tuxtla Gutierrez and Mexico City, officials said.

Tremors from the quake reached Mexico City, 425 miles away, where tall apartment buildings creaked and groaned for about a minute, sending panicked residents scurrying into the streets. Reuters SRI LANKA Tamil Rebels Kill 106 Villagers

Tamil rebels massacred 106 men, women and children in three villages Saturday in eastern Sri Lanka, witnesses said.

Babies less than a year old were among 31 people slain in an attack on the mixed Sinhalese-Tamil village of Poonalikatuwa, between Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa, a doctor who had treated the victims said. Most of those killed were hacked to death with swords and machetes, the doctor said. "Most had suffered sharp injuries," he said. "Also there were some Tamils among the dead who had been shot."

The attacks, all in the early hours of Saturday, have been interpreted as an effort to distract the government from a big push in the north against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are fighting to carve a Tamil homeland out of predominately Sinhalese Sri Lanka. …

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