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China bus falls off expressway after tire bursts, 26 dead

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BEIJING — At least 26 people were killed when a bus veered out of an expressway and fell into a ditch due to flat tyre in north China’s Tianjin City, local officials said.

The accident occurred Saturday when the bus ferrying 30 passengers broke the broke the guardrail at the Baodi section of the Tianjin-Jixian expressway and fell into a ditch, a statement from the city’s emergency response office said.

The driver lost control of the vehicle because of the punctured tire, it said.

The government in the port city of Tianjin said that the bus with sleeping berths and carrying 30 people plunged off the road Friday night.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the four others on board were found alive by early Saturday and sent to a hospital.

Xinhua said the long-distance bus broke through the guardrail on the Tianjin-Jixian expressway at the Baodi section, which is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Beijing.

The bus was en route to Shenyang, capital city of northeast China’s Liaoning Province, from Xingtai City of north China’s Hebei Province.

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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