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Twenty people killed in school minibus crash in South Africa

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A minibus collided with a truck 45 miles from Pretoria. Pic: ER24EMS
Nineteen schoolchildren have been killed after their minibus collided head-on with a truck in South Africa, according to emergency services.
 
The minibus exploded into a fireball and ended up lying on its side.
 
The bus driver also died while the driver of the truck survived.
 
About 13 children, who were found trapped inside the vehicle by paramedics after the flames were put out, were declared dead at the scene.
 
Several other pupils were hurt – some were reportedly dragged from the wreckage by people nearby.
 
Their injuries ranged from minor to critical.
Minibus crash
The aftermath of the deadly crash. Pic: ER24EMS
The tragedy happened on a road between the towns of Bronkhorstspruit and Verena, 45 miles from the capital Pretoria, in Mpumalanga province.
 
Mpumalanga police spokesman Gerald Sedibe said: “The (minibus) was transporting learners from school and it collided with the truck and caught fire.”
 
Spokesman for the ER24 emergency medical service, Russel Meiring, said: “It is confirmed 20 children have been killed.”
 
He added: “Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the fire services already in attendance.
 
“The fire services had already extinguished the burning vehicle, which was found lying on its side.”
 
The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Courtesy of Sky News

Paris attack UPDATE: Two French police officers ‘killed’ by gunman

An eyewitness has described a man getting out of a car and opening fire “with a Kalashnikov” on the Champs-Elysees.
 
Two police officers have reportedly been killed in Paris by a gunman who was then shot dead.
 
The attacker is believed to have deliberately targeted the officers and was known to security services.
 
The officers were shot outside a Marks and Spencer store on the Champs-Elysees – one of the French capital’s main shopping streets and an area popular with tourists.
Police vehicles seen on the Champs-Elysees, near the Arc de Tiomphe
Police vehicles along the Champs-Elysees, near the Arc De Triomphe
Security has been tight in the country, coming just days before the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday.
 
An eyewitness said the gunman got out of a car and began shooting “with a Kalashnikov”.
 
Police said one of the officers who was killed was in a car which had been stopped at a red light by the attacker.
 
The gunman opened fire as the officers were guarding an area near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station on Thursday night.
 
Despite the attacker being killed, police are still on high alert and officers have been seen pointing their weapons at members of public as they clear the area.
Famous Paris street comes to a standstill after a police officer is shot
Emergency services at the scene of the attack
Authorities are now searching the home of the gunman in the east of Paris.
 
An interior ministry spokesman said it was too early to say what the motive was for the attack.
 
It is not known whether it was terror-related.
 
But the shooting could have been an attempt at an armed robbery, according to police sources.
 
Many police vehicles can be seen on the famous avenue.
Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees
Police officers block access to the Champs-Elysees
A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man’s body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police.
 
Sky’s Mark White said: “Two men were arrested a few days ago with an arsenal of weapons. And that there was a concern that an attack was being planned to coincide with the French election.”
 
He added: “The real concern as far as the authorities are concerned, given that we had arrests two days ago and now what looks to be terrorist-related incident is we may be experiencing a wave or some kind of coordinated effort to disrupt the French elections.”
 
The police investigation of these individuals led them to believe that a planned terrorist attack was due to take place imminently.
 
US President Donald Trump said the shooting resembled recent terrorist attacks.
 
He said: “First of all, our condolences from our country to the people of France. Again, it is happening, it seems.
 
“It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I have been saying it for a long time.”
Courtesy of Sky News