U.S. Military Aircraft Crash, Indian Pilgrims Ambushed, and More

U.S. Military Aircraft Crash, Indian Pilgrims Ambushed, and More
  • ​At least 16 people were killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi yesterday. The Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft, which had taken off from a North Carolina military base, crashed in a remote soybean field, and debris reveals that the plane may have exploded in midair. Witnesses reported several small explosions after the main crash and bodies were found more than a mile away from the initial crash site. Firefighters were unable to get close to the wreckage for several hours due to ammunition setting off in the flames. Officials say that foul play is not suspected. 

  • An unusual attack on Hindu pilgrims in India has officials questioning whether something could have been done to stop the shooting. Opponents of India rule in Kashmir are suspected of ambushing police vehicles and a bus carrying 60 Hindu pilgrims Monday night, firing at police vehicles and hitting the bus in the crossfire. Seven pilgrims were killed and 19 wounded as they traveled on an annual pilgrimage to the Amaranth cave shrine. It appears that a top-secret memo circulated among police two weeks ago predicted the attack—it warned officials of a “sensational attack by terrorist outfits” that had been directed to kill more than 100 pilgrims and police, and even predicted the shootout on the convoy. Rebel groups have denied involvement in the attack, and thousands of pilgrims are continuing the flock to the cave under heightened security. 

  • In other news, fumes fro​m construction work affected air traffic controllers in three Washington, D.C.-area airports last night, causing an evacuation of the control room and delays in flights. An Army sergeant was arrested in Hawaii for seeking to provide classified military documents and training to ISIS. Six people were arrested for posing as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials on dating sites and extorting money from unsuspecting victims. A New Mexico DHS agency has failed to s​ubmit an audit for the second year in a row. ​