2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 7, 2005
All 84 passengers and 10 crew
members, as well as 21 people in
apartment building, die in crash
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A military plane loaded
with Iranian journalists crashed into a 10-story apart-
ment building yesterday as the pilot attempted an
emergency landing after developing engine trouble. At
least 115 people died, the Tehran police chief said.
The C-130, a four-engine turboprop, crashed in the
Azari suburb of Tehran, site of the Towhid apartment
complex that is home to air force personnel and near
Tehran's Mehrabad airport.
Before firefighters extinguished the blaze, flames
roared from the roof and windows in several of the
upper floors. Panicked residents fled the building.
Police held back a crowd of thousands, many of them
screaming and weeping that they had to find friends or
loved ones who were in the building.
Scuffles broke out and police beat back onlookers
and those trying to reach the building to keep the way
open for emergency vehicles.
Several hours after the crash, the building still was
smoldering, with black smoke hanging in the air.
"It was like an earthquake," said Reza Sadeqi,
a 25-year-old merchant who saw the plane hit the
building. He said he was thrown about nine feet
inside his shop by the force of the crash.
Men transport Mohammad Reza Jahangirl, who was injured after a military plane crashed into a 10-
story apartment building yesterday, to the Loqman Hospital In Tehran, Iran.
"I felt the heat of the fire caused by the crash. It was
like being in hell," he said.
Witnesses initially said the plane hit the top of the build-
ing. But officials, including Police Chief Mortaza Talaei,
said one wing of the transport plane hit the second floor as
the fuselage crashed to the ground, gouging out a huge cra-
ter and causing a fire that spread through the structure.
Everyone on the plane - 84 passengers and a crew
of 10 - was killed. Most were Iranian radio and televi-
sion journalists heading to cover military maneuvers in
Twenty-one people in the apartment building also
died, and 90 were injured, Tehran state radio said. Only
nine of the injured were hospitalized late yesterday,
Talaei said on Iranian television.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was visiting
Saudi Arabia, sent condolences.
"Rescue teams are required to employ their maxi-
mum capability to save and help the survivors," state-run
television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He asked one
of his deputies to take charge and ensure survivors
receive the help they need.
Bombers target Iraqi police academy
High Court to rule on campus recruitment law
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared ready yesterday to rule against colleges that want
to limit military recruiting on campus to protest the Pentagon's policy on gays.
New Chief Justice John Roberts and other court members signaled support for a law
that says schools that accept federal money also have to accommodate military recruit-
ers. The justices seemed concerned about hindering a Defense Department need to fill
its ranks when the nation is at war.
"There's the right in the Constitution to raise a military," Roberts said.
Law school campuses have become the latest battleground over the "don't ask, don't
tell" policy allowing gay men and women to serve in the military only if they keep their
sexual orientation to themselves.
A group of law schools and professors had sued the Pentagon, claiming their free-
speech rights are being violated because they are forced to associate with military
recruiters or promote their campus appearances.
Merkel: U.S. admitted wrongful imprisonment
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that the United States has admit-
ted making a mistake in the case of a German national who claimed he was wrongfully
imprisoned by the CIA.
Merkel spoke during a press conference with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
who refused to discuss specifics with reporters. The two women leaders' first meeting
was dominated by questions about U.S. terrorism policies, including the five-month
detention of Lebanese-born Khaled al-Masri and reports of secret CIA prisons and
potentially illegal use of European airports and airspace to transport terror suspects.
"The American administration is not denying" it erred in the case of al-Masri,
Merkel said through a translator.
Merkel welcomed that admission and added that she is grateful for Rice's assurances
that the United States conducts anti-terror operations legally and without the use of
torture. "I'm happy to say we have discussed the one case, which the government of the
United States has of course accepted as a mistake," Merkel said.
Woman tells tale of horror at Hussein trial
A woman testified at the Saddam Hussein trial yesterday behind a beige curtain and
with her voice disguised, telling the court of beatings, torture and sexual humiliation
when she was a teenager at the hands of security agents.
The ousted Iraqi president sat stone-faced and silent during the woman's testimony
but later exploded with anger. Waving a finger and pounding his desk, he told the judges
to "go to hell" and vowed not to return to court when the trial resumes today.
Saddam, dressed again in a dark suit and white shirt and clutching a Quran, com-
plained that he and the seven other defendants were tired and had been deprived of
opportunities to shower, have a change of clothes, exercise or go for a smoke. "This is
terrorism," he said.
Ford pulls ads from gay, lesbian publications
Ford Motor Co. said yesterday its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands will no
longer advertise in gay publications, but the nation's second-largest automaker denied
that it made the decision under pressure from conservative Christian groups.
"The decisions with regard to advertising was a business decision,"Ford spokesman
Mike Moran said. He said Ford's Volvo brand would continue advertising in gay pub-
lications. Ford has not advertised its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands in those pub-
lications, Moran added. Moran said Jaguar and Land Rover, which are part of Ford's
money-losing Premier Automotive Group, have decided to cut back on their advertis-
ing everywhere because of difficult market conditions.
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Suicide attack deadliest
strike against Iraqi security
forces since Feb 28
BAGHDAD (AP) - Two suicide
bombers detonated explosives inside
Baghdad's main police academy yester-
day, killing at least 43 people and wound-
ing more than 70, police said. Al-Qaida in
Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack,
the capital's deadliest in months.
The bombing came as Al-Jazeera aired
an insurgent video claiming to have kid-
napped a U.S. security consultant - the
seventh Westerner abducted in Iraq since
Nov. 26 - and the U.S. military reported
another American soldier killed in a road-
side bombing in Baghdad.
Late yesterday, another suicide bomber
blew himself up in a cafe frequented by
police in a Shiite neighborhood, killing
three people and wounding 20, police said.
One of the dead and three of the wounded
were policemen, officials said.
The-assault on the police academy was
carefully planned to maximize casualties,
all of whom were police officers or cadets.
The first bomber struck near a group of
students outside a classroom, a U.S. mili-
tary statement said.
Thinking they were under mortar fire,
survivors rushed to a bunker "where the
second bomber detonated his vest," the
statement added. One of the wounded was
an American contractor.
A statement on an Islamist website in
the name of al-Qaida in Iraq said "two
blessed brothers" staged the attack on the
academy "which continues to produce the
dogs that shed the blood and violate the
honor of Sunni Muslims."
The claim's authenticity could not be
independently verified, but al-Qaida in
Iraq's leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has
often denounced Shiites because of reli-
gious differences and their leading role
in the U.S.-backed government. Shiites
dominate the security services.
Iraqi police also said the attackers may
have been policemen or students, fresh
evidence that insurgents have infiltrated
the country's security forces. President
Bush has linked an eventual U.S. troop
withdrawal to the ability of Iraq's army
and police to combat the insurgents.
The attack was the deadliest against
Iraqi security forces since Feb. 28, when
a suicide car bomber struck a crowd of
mostly Shiite police and army recruits
in Hillah, killing 125. In September, at
least 88 people were killed in a suicide
car bombing in a heavily Shiite neigh-
borhood of Baghdad.
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