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Reasons for Las Vegas killings a mystery – Trump

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No fewer than 58 people have been slain and more than 500 injured in what has been described as the deadliest mass shooting in US history at a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to President Donald Trump, the reasons behind the killings might be a mystery called “an act of pure evil” that had left the country feeling “sadness, shock and grief.”

The shooter who was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, and authorities said he had no criminal record and police had no prior knowledge of him.

He opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, across the road from the festival venue.

He died soon afterwards of a suspected self-inflicted wound when officers blasted open the door of his room, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.

Trump ordered flags to fly at half-mast and held a moment of silence alongside Vice President Mike Pence and their wives outside the White House.

He will fly to Las Vegas on Wednesday to “grieve with the friends and family of the victims, to offer his support to those recovering from their wounds and to thank the courageous first responders,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called for stricter gun control measures, but Sanders said it was not an appropriate time for political debate.

“Now is the time to unite as a country. Today is a day for consoling the survivors, and mourning those we lost.”

Las Vegas officers found more than 10 rifles in the room used by Paddock, Lombardo said.

Shots broke out at 10:08 pm Sunday (0508 Monday GMT) near the end of a performance by singer Jason Aldean at the close of a country music festival.

Witnesses said the hail of bullets continued for 15 minutes or longer.

A woman who was at the event told dpa she heard multiple gunshots before fleeing and said she “crawled over dead people” as she tried to get away.

Videos posted online showed people crouching on the ground as automatic gunfire crackles in the background. Some people stood and pointed to the hotel in the distance, while others held up smartphones even as they crouched for cover.

Authorities called for people who captured video or other digital evidence of the shooting to provide the data to investigators.

Hospitals issued an appeal for blood donations because the massive number of casualties had drained blood supplies.

The Islamic State terrorist movement claimed responsibility for the shooting, offering, however, no evidence to back up the claim. The group’s statement said that Paddock had converted to Islam several months ago.

Aaron Rouse, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas office, told reporters “We have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “shocked and alarmed” by the shooting.

Paddock, a white male, was a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, about 140 kilometres north-east of Las Vegas.

His brother Eric Paddock said on CNN that his brother had “absolutely” had no mental problems or political motives that the family was aware of.

Aldean wrote on social media that he and his band and crew were safe. He called the night “beyond horrific” and offered condolences.

Source: ( PM News )

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James Bond actor, Sean Connery dies at 90

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James Bond actor, Sean Connery dies at 90

Scottish actor, Sir Sean Connery, has died at the age of 90.

He was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.

He was largely regarded as being the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise, often being named as such in polls. His acting career spanned decades and his many awards including an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.

Sir Sean’s other films included The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River
Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

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Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has relaxed the curfew in the state from 4 pm-6 am to 6 am-6 pm.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christain Ita on Saturday.

The new time is scheduled to take effect from Saturday, October 31st.

Also Read: Taraba Govt Sets Up Task Force To Recover Looted Items

Recall that following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums, the state governor, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, on Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The state governor, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade has reviewed the curfew imposed on the state and has directed that with effect from Saturday, October 31, 2020, curfew hours will now be between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am daily.

“Restriction of movement is hereby relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm,” the statement added.

 

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers
El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai has condemned the attack on police officers and police barracks in the State following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

He made this remark when he met with youth leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state on Friday.

At the event, he appealed to them not to engage in any act of violence or looting.

El-Rufai vowed to prosecute those behind the looting and threat of peace in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas according to the law.

Also Read: Taraba Govt Sets Up Task Force To Recover Looted Items

“You cannot condemn an entire profession because of the misconduct of a few. SARS is just a small unit of the Nigerian Police Force, and even among SARS, they are not all bad,” he said

“Yes, some of them might have been quite bad and killed many people, but that should not be used to frame the police in a manner that people feel justified to attack and kill policemen.

“I have seen a video where a policeman was attacked and burnt to death. For what? That policeman is a human being, creation from God, he has children, and he has a family.

“Who will look after them? The Nigerian Police is the only police we have, it Is our collective duty as citizens, as leaders to come together and help the police to be better.”

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