Militants kill dozens of Muslims in northeastern India, police say
NEW DELHI — At least 28 Muslims have been killed in three separate attacks on western villages in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, where long-simmering tensions have pitted members of the Bodo tribal group, who are demanding a separate state, against non-Bodo residents, including Muslims.
At least 17 of those killed in the attacks Thursday and Friday were women, and three were children, according to the police. The first attack was on two houses in the Baksa district, where three people were gunned down by militants wielding AK-47s, according to the police in Assam. In the second attack, on houses in the Kokrajhar district, eight were killed and three were injured.
The third attack, on Friday in Baksa, was the most brutal. According to the police, militants descended on a village bordering a national wildlife sanctuary, set 35 Muslim-owned houses on fire and shot at least 17 people.
Police official A.P. Raut said the attacks were committed by militants with the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, a group that has been fighting for a separate state for decades. He said many militants lived in camps in the forest outside the villages.
—Nida Najar and Hari Kumar, The New York Times
Subway train derails in Qu
NEW YORK — The F train slithered across Woodside, Queens, without incident at first, its passengers bound for jobs and late-morning appointments in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But as the train hurtled past the 65th Street station, passengers said, the ride turned earthquakelike: Standing passengers tumbled to the floor, the train ground to a stop and travelers peered through the car windows to find themselves listing to the left of the tracks.
In fact, the authorities said, the middle six cars on the eight-car train had derailed, causing 19 injuries — four “potentially serious,” according to the New York Fire Department — and setting off a wide-scale effort to reach about 1,000 passengers who were stranded underground.
“Nobody really knew whether or not the train was going to roll,” said Bryan Greene, 30. “Everyone was waiting for that moment to come, and when it didn’t, it was a sigh of relief.”
The rescue lasted about two hours, as emergency personnel ducked into the dim subway tunnel to shepherd passengers out of the cars, onto the tracks and along a steep climb through an emergency exit leading to the street.
Officials said some of the injuries appeared to involve chest pains and shortness of breath, not body trauma, and none are believed to be life-threatening. It was unclear what caused the derailment, the most serious on the New York City subway system since 1991, according to transit officials.
—Matt Flegenheimer and Edna Ishayik, The New York Times