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Shoppers flee shed inferno

BANK holiday shoppers were forced to evacuate a busy

shopping centre after a fire

broke out in a storage shed


A number of cars were damaged in the blaze, which broke out in a shed at a row of houses near the shopping centre on Grand Parade, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

The fire quickly spread and led to a loud explosion.

Shoppers at the busy centre, which includes retailers Penneys and Marks & Spencer, were evacuated from the building, but none of the shops was damaged.

Six motorbike

cops shot dead

Six police officers have been killed and a seventh wounded in a Colombia terrorist ambush.

The officers were riding on four motorcycles when they were attacked with gunfire on a stretch of highway in the Cauca state town of Padilla.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) operates in the area.

If Farc is responsible, the deaths would bring to 15 the number of security force members killed since the government and rebels formally opened peace talks in Norway on October 18.

Halloween gig

hanging horror

A man was left in a critical condition after accidentally hanging himself on a noose that had been set up as a Halloween prop at an English nightclub.

The 25-year-old was taken to Milton Keynes Hospital after the incident at the Buckinghamshire town's Pink Punters club.

The owner of the club, which attracts gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, said it was a "freak accident".

Bee-sting man

in death plunge

AN American hiker has died after being attacked by a swarm of bees and falling about 45m off a cliff at a popular recreation area in Phoenix.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene in the Echo Canyon area of Camelback Mountain.

Two other hikers were airlifted out after each was stung about 300 times.

Paramedics said both men were hospitalised in a serious but stable condition.