Gunman kills 5 at Minnesota workplace before shooting self
Phuket Gazette / News Wires
PHUKET: A gunman opened fire in the state of Minnesota killing four people before fatally shooting himself, local authorities said on Friday.
The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon at around 4:30 pm local time at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, the state capital of Minnesota.
During an evening press conference, Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Kris Arneson said several people were dead, without detailing the exact number. However, early Friday morning, police confirmed that five people had been killed, in addition to the gunman.
Reports indicate that the suspected gunman had lost his job that morning, before returning to the building and killing the company’s founder, Reuven Rahamim, as well as four other employees.
In addition, four others were injured, including two company executives who were reported in critical condition. They were identified as John Souter, the operations director, and Eric Rivers, the production manager. They were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center.
Law enforcement teams at the scene of the attack declared the gunman dead, about an hour after the incident began, due to a self-inflicted bullet wound. Local media identified him as 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger.
He and his victims were shot with a Glock 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
A search of Engeldinger’s home found another gun and ammunition packaging for 10,000 rounds.
— Phuket Gazette Editors
Elderly mother of murdered Thai woman is seeking help to bring her daughter’s body home
The family of a Thai woman murdered in northern Portugal in March is now calling for assistance with the cost of repatriating the body back to Thailand.
According to Portuguese media the woman, Natchaya Saranyaphat, was murdered on March 7 by another Thai woman. Natchaya’s head was found on the Leca da Palmeira beach, 300 kilometres north of Lisbon on the Atlantic coast.
The dead woman’s 76 year old mother from the north-eastern Surin province says that Natchaya was the youngest of her five children. She says her daughter had been working in Portugal and been sending back up to 6,000 per month. Another Thai woman, Sangam Sawaiprkhon, has since been arrested in Portugal as a suspect in the murder of Natchaya, allegedly over a disagreement about 358,000 baht. They had jointly invested in a massage shop in Portugal.
The woman’s elderly mother says she needs help from the provincial or Thai government as her family is very poor and unable to pay for the retune of her daughter’s body for burial.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson says they had received a report from the Royal Thai embassy in Lisbon and local police about the murder and the arrest of the Thai suspect in Portugal.
LATEST: Sri Lanka bombings
A wave of explosions rocked Sri Lanka up-scale hotels and churches on Easter Sunday around the capital Colombo. This is what we know…
• At least 215 people have been confirmed dead with up to 450 more injured in a series of bombings targeting churches holding Easter services and hotels in Sri Lanka. The toll is likely to rise during today or at least become more precise as officials tally information from emergency responders.
• Most of the dead are said to be Sri Lankans, but officials say up to 40 foreigners have lost their lives.
• Three UK nationals and two US-UK dual nationals were among the dead. One Dutch, one Chinese, one Portuguese and two Turkish nationals have been killed, their respective foreign ministries have confirmed.
• There were six initial blasts, at three hotels and three churches, before two more explosions some time later, at a guest house and housing scheme, with two people reported to have been killed at the former. A government minister says the last two blasts appeared to have been carried out by the culprits as they fled from police.
• No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Sri Lanka’s defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene claims the culprits have been identified and were religious extremists. He said suicide bombers were responsible for the majority of the morning’s bombings and that the wave of attacks was the work of a single group.
• Eight people are reported to have been arrested so far.
• The Sri Lankan government has issued a curfew and shut down social media and messaging services to prevent the spread of disinformation.
• Sri Lanka’s PM, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has condemned the “cowardly” attacks and urged people to remain “united and strong”.
• The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called it “a very sad day” and is urging the government to identify the attackers and “punish them mercilessly because only animals can behave like that”.
Mitsubishi testing their new regional jet
PHOTO: The Japan Times
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ new 88-passenger Mitsubishi Regional Jet is testing the skies just as rivals Embraer and Bombardier are moving to sell off their manufacturing operations for jets with up to 160 seats to Boeing and Airbus.
At stake, particularly in the market for jets with fewer seats, is US$135 billion in sales in the two decades through 2037, according to industry group Japan Aircraft Development.
More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington.
With fewer seats and smaller fuselages, regional jets are a different class of aircraft from larger narrow-body planes such as Boeing’s 737 or Airbus’s A320. The MRJ has a range of about 3,220 kilometres. The seating is 2+2 instead of 3+3 in a small Airbus or Boeing single-aisle jet.
After spending at least US$2 billion over more than a decade, the manufacturer is looking to get its jet certified and start deliveries to launch partner ANA Holdings.
Mitsubishi initially planned test flights in 2012 but blew past that deadline because of production difficulties. Now, the company, which makes ships, nuclear power plants and aerospace components, expects to have the plane ready for customers next year, a timetable that will test the company, said Mitsubishi Aircraft president Hisakazu Mizutani.
Mitsubishi Heavy is not the only Asian manufacturer betting that it can build aircraft cheaper and more efficiently. Commercial Aircraft of China (Comac) has a new regional jet in service, while Korea Aerospace Industries is studying whether to develop a 100-passenger aircraft.
“The aviation market in Asia is expected to grow further in the coming years and there will be demand for these aircraft,” said analyst Lee Dong-heon at Daishin Securities in Seoul.
“The shift in the regional aviation segment we have seen over the last year or so has opened opportunities.”
“The MRJ is fully capable of competing in the market.”
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