1. NEPAL PLANE HITS PARKED HELICOPTER, KILLING THREE
A small plane operated by a private airline in Nepal hit a parked helicopter on Sunday while preparing to take off in a mountainous area near Mount Everest, killing three people including a co-pilot.
The Twin Otter aircraft crashed into the helicopter at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, known as the gateway to the world’s highest mountain, 125 km northeast of capital Kathmandu.
The plane, operated by Summit Air, was not carrying passengers as it was trying to leave what is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous airports due to the shortness of its runway and its location surrounded by mountains.
Officials said the cause of the incident was not immediately known.
2. AIR STRIKE KILLS DAESH DEPUTY IN SOMALI REGION
Meanwhile, an air strike killed the deputy leader of the Daesh group in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, alongside another militant.
A witness said a 4×4 vehicle was hit by several missiles 3 km outside the village of Xiriiro in the Qandala hills at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Puntland’s security minister, Abdisamad Mohamed Galan said, today’s air strike killed Abdihakim Dhuqub, the deputy leader of Daesh.
According to the United Nations, Dhuqub helped set up the first cell of al-Ittihad al-Islamiya (AIAI), an ideological predecessor to al Shabaab, a militant group fighting the Somali national government for over a decade.
He later defected to Daesh.
3. ONE DEAD AFTER SHOOTING OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA NIGHTCLUB, THREE INJURED
A drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne inflicted “horrific injuries” that killed a security guard and wounded three men, but there was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related.
According to authorities, Sunday’s shooting took place around 3.20 a.m. in the lively entertainment district of Melbourne’s southeastern suburb of Prahran.
Police urged witnesses who saw any vehicle speeding around 3 a.m. to come forward, and mentioned a black Porsche SUV that was later found burnt-out in the north Melbourne suburb of Wollert.
No arrests have yet been made, and investigation continues.