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Syria shoots down Israeli fighter jet

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Debris of Israeli F-16 Israeli fighter plane near the Israeli village of Harduf, Israel, February 10, 2018. Reuters photo

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military has said one of its F-16 fighter jets was shot down by Syrian antiaircraft fire after it struck ‘Iranian sites’ in the country in retaliation for a drone flight that crossed into Israeli territory.

It said two crew members were recovered and taken to the hospital in stable condition. The Israeli military said early on February 10 that the F-16 jet went down in northern Israel.

The Israeli planes earlier shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and struck the Iranian targets in Syria that launched it, in what the military called a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

“IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said on Twitter.

Sirens sounded in northern Israel as a result of massive Syrian fire. Explosions could be heard in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley region near the Syrian border.

The military said it was “monitoring events and is fully prepared for further action.”

Syrian state TV quoted a military official saying Syrian air defences hit more than one Israeli plane. The official said the Israeli raids hit a base in the country’s central area, and called it a “new aggression.”

Israel has been warning of late of increased Iranian involvement along its border in Syria and Lebanon.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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