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US Air Force plane crashes after flying over Barack Obama speech

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WASHINGTON — A plane from the US Air Force’s elite Thunderbird team crashed in Colorado shortly after flying over a ceremony where President Barack Obama spoke, an official said.

The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and was undergoing a medical examination, according to the Air Force official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Following the accident yesterday, Obama met with the pilot at Peterson Air Force Base before heading back to Washington aboard Air Force One.

Obama expressed relief that the pilot was not injured and thanked him for his service to the country, according to reporters who were traveling with the president.

The official said the F-16 Thunderbird crashed “shortly after conducting a flyover in support of the US Air Force Academy graduation commencement ceremony” in Colorado Springs, where Obama addressed the crowd.

Obama used the occasion to defend his approach to the Syrian conflict, warning against allowing the United States to become drawn into a new civil war in the Middle East.

The accident occurred about six miles (nine kilometers) from Peterson Air Force Base.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, the Air Force official said.

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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