Washington state

Driver barrels into protesters on freeway

A 27-year-old man drove a white Jaguar onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women, officials said. Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol. Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle, and Diaz Love, 32, of Bellingham, were in critical condition with multiple injuries, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg. The driver, who was alone in the Jaguar, fled the scene but was later arrested.

Alabama

8-year-old boy fatally shot at shopping mall

An 8-year-old boy was killed Friday in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall that left three other people injured, police said. Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said Royta Giles Jr. was killed at the Riverchase Galleria. The police chief said a girl and two adults were also hospitalized. Police did not give a motive for the shooting, and Derzis did not say if police had identified suspects.

Somalia

5 killed, 16 injured in attacks in 2 cities

Attacks in two of Somalia’s largest cities killed five people and wounded 16 others. In the capital, Mogadishu, a suicide car bomber targeted a tax collection center. While security officers were able to stop the attacker from reaching the collection center, the blast damaged a nearby wall and wounded six people, including police officers. In Baidoa, the capital of the southwestern Bay region, a land mine detonated near a restaurant on the outskirts of the city, killing five people and wounding 10 others, government officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida, has carried out similar assaults in the past.

Japan

Flooding, mudslides leave over a dozen dead

Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged to evacuate following pounding rains overnight. The evacuation was not mandatory and it was not known how many actually fled. “I smelled mud, and the whole area was vibrating with river water. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” a man in a shelter in Yatsushiro city told NHK TV. He said he fled early, fearing a disaster.

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