Briefs, October 15, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 5:04am

21 shot dead outside Nigerian mosque

KADUNA, Nigeria - A gang disguised in police uniforms opened fire on worshippers at a mosque in northern Nigeria, killing at least 21 people. The pre-dawn raid in the village of Dogon Dawa in Kaduna state was carried out by armed robbers engaged in a running feud with a local vigilante group. Having been repelled last week, the gang yesterday, storming the mosque. AFP


Nationalist eyes win in Belgian local elections

BRUSSELS - Belgian local elections yesterday took on unusual importance as a potential make-or-break vote on the country's future, with Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever seeking a big breakthrough. If he wins there, it could destabilise the fragile political consensus which allowed the Socialist Party of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo to finally form a government in December 2011 after some 500 days of bitter haggling. AFP


US knew stolen body was cartel leader's

MEXICO CITY - US officials said they knew Mexican marines had killed the head of the Zetas drug cartel before the body was stolen in a pre-dawn raid from a Mexican funeral home. Heriberto Lazcano was killed in a shoot-out last week. The account throws into question the Mexican navy's explanation that the marines left Lazcano's body unguarded because they thought they had killed a common criminal. AP


Israel sets parliament poll for January 22

JERUSALEM - Israel's parliamentary election has been set for January 22, the Cabinet decided yesterday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leading in the polls. Netanyahu said he was forced to call early elections last week after he was unable to pass a budget for the coming year. Elections were originally scheduled for October 2013. The Cabinet's decision awaits final approval from the parliament today, where an endorsement is expected. Most polls have shown Netanyahu is likely to retain his post. AP


Pentagon inquiry after submarine, ship collide

NORFOLK, US - The Pentagon said it was investigating why a navy submarine collided with an Aegis cruiser off the US east coast. The USS Montpelier and the USS San Jacinto collided during routine operations. No one was injured and the extent of any damage to the vessels was not clear. Navy officials said the collision was under investigation, but declined to offer specifics on what happens next or on where the incident took place. AP