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Sunday 22 April 2018

Explosion kills 17

A vehicle exploded at a military post in a commercial area in a northeastern Nigerian city yesterday, killing at least 17 people and causing pandemonium with vehicles colliding as drivers rushed to flee.

Police said a suicide bomber was suspected in the lunchtime blast in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist network that has been terrorising northeast Nigeria.

PROBE INTO BIEBER

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says it is searching Justin Bieber's home for evidence in an egg-tossing vandalism case involving the pop star.

A sheriff's spokesman said Bieber was at home and was co-operating with detectives. The singer is under investigation for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbour's home.

US SCHOOL SHOOTING

A GUNMAN has opened fire at a New Mexico school in the US, critically injuring at least two pupils before being taken into custody.

Officials at University Medical Centre in Lubbock, Texas, say a 14-year-old boy was flown there in critical condition and a 13-year-old girl was en route in serious condition.

The gunman opened fire at Berrendo Middle School as classes were starting for the day. Roswell police say the school was placed on lockdown, and the suspected shooter was arrested.

ATM SPEWS MONEY

Dozens of people flocked to a cash machine in the UK after word spread that it had started giving out free money. The Lloyds Bank ATM in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, malfunctioned and began spewing out notes as customers withdrew cash yesterday morning.

Around 60 people are reported to have queued up at the hole-in-the-wall as word spread of the possible windfall. The fault was spotted by bosses and the cash machine put of service around 3pm.

BEANIE BABY SENTENCE

The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies was sentenced to two years of probation, but no prison time, yesterday for tax evasion on $25m (€18.3m) in income he had stashed away in Swiss bank accounts.

H Ty Warner (69) made a brief statement before receiving his sentence in a Chicago federal courtroom, saying he felt "shame and embarrassment". He could have been sentenced to up to five years in prison, and prosecutors were seeking prison time for Warner, who pleaded guilty last year to a single tax evasion count.

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