Quake jolts Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s largest city was rocked by a powerful earthquake, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Seismologists at the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center say the earthquake struck with a magnitude of 5.2 shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday.
Tsunami program manager Cindi Pressler says the quake was centred about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southwest of Anchorage.
The quake occurred 30 miles (48 kilometres) below ground and rumbled for several seconds. It was felt across Anchorage and a wide area beyond the municipality.
Sri Lanka soldiers attack meeting
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan soldiers in uniform attacked a political meeting held by a minority Tamil party ahead of crucial local council elections in the country’s former war zone, a lawmaker said Thursday.
Suresh Premachandran, a lawmaker with the Tamil National Alliance, said dozens of soldiers armed with sticks attacked a group of 30 supporters and five lawmakers in the northern Jaffna peninsula on Thursday.
The party, which was considered a proxy to the now-defeated Tamil Tiger rebels, has emerged as a major political force since the end of the civil war two years ago, winning an overwhelming majority of parliamentary seats in the country’s ethnic Tamil majority north.
Nigeria blast kills 5 people
ABUJA, Nigeria — A suicide bombing blamed on radical Islamist militants killed at least two people in the parking lot of the police headquarters in Abuja Thursday, police said, the latest deadly bombing to roil the capital of Africa’s most populous nation.
Another blast Thursday in the country’s restive northeast killed three children and was also blamed on the radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram.
Boko Haram, whose name in Hausa means “Western education is sacrilege,” has campaigned for the implementation of strict Shariah law.
The group is responsible for a rash of killings which have targeted security officers, politicians and clerics in Nigeria’s restive north over the last year.