Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Trinidad: Two robbers die: "Two armed bandits walked into a Woodbrook fishing supplies store yesterday with the intent to rob but instead caught five bullets between them when the proprietor fought back. Shot dead were Ajamu-Ato-Samuel, 24, of Port of Spain and another man, still to be identified. The Express understands that at 2.30 p.m., the duo approached the electronically locked door of D Mankee and Co Ltd at 56 Luis Street, Woodbrook. They told one of the workers they wanted to get some fishhooks. She pressed the buzzer, the door opened and they walked in. One of the men drew a gun, pointed it at the cashier and said, "Yuh know what this is." The proprietor was also in the room but apparently the bandits didn't know this. He withdrew his licensed pistol and fired a total of five shots in the direction of the men. The cashier was not injured. Both men slumped to the ground, killed instantly".

New Jersey: Plenty of stolen guns available: "A Pennsville resident was one of two convicted felons who allegedly belong to a neo-Nazi group and sold 11 stolen guns to undercover law enforcement officers, the state Attorney General's Office said Monday. Gabriel Carafa, 24, was arrested Friday, according to state authorities. Carafa and Craig Orler, 28, of Ocean County face a federal weapons charge. They are being held without bail. Authorities alleged that both belong to "The Hated," a neo-Nazi skinhead group. Carafa also allegedly belongs to "Church of the Creator," according to authorities. Their arrests culminated a six-month investigation by law enforcement. In a release, authorities said the investigation "initially focused on Carafa and a request to have a confidential informant construct a bomb." The two allegedly sold guns from a .22 caliber rifle to a double barrel shotgun, according to state authorities. The law prohibits felons from possessing weapons. Each has a criminal record, according to authorities. If convicted they could get 15 years to life in prison. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney General's Office for New Jersey. There is no parole in the federal system".

Girls for guns! "Papua New Guinea's Community Development Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, has condemned the practice of exchanging women for guns in the country's highlands provinces. There have been reports of a growing trend of trading young women for guns, particularly in P-N-G's Western Highlands Province, with the guns used in tribal fighting. Dame Carol says in most parts of P-N-G exchange of wealth is part of marriage customs, which in traditional times had inbuilt protections to help prevent abuse and violence. But Dame Carol says what is happening now is an insult to P-N-G's national cultural heritage".

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