FBI investigates Los Angeles Swat unit over illegal gun trading

A Swat whistle-blower has allegedly been threatened over the issue.

Federal authorities opened the inquiry into the alleged gun sales in recent weeks after LAPD officials alerted them to possible gun violations, sources said.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 5:59am

Pakistan child rights activist shot in head

People rush Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai to hospital after she was shot and wounded in Swat, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

A teenage Pakistani children’s rights activist was shot in the head on Tuesday in an assassination attempt as she boarded a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat, officials said.

Malala Yousafzai, 14, won international prominence for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat by blogging for the BBC.

9 Oct 2012 - 7:03pm

Manila police doubted their gear, inquiry told

Some members of the Philippine SWAT team involved in last year's bungled rescue in the Manila bus siege were not convinced their bulletproof vests would protect them against the hostage-taker's M16 rifle, an inquest heard yesterday.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

How not to handle a hostage crisis

25 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

The day in brief

Fury spreads at crisis tactics

25 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

In China, you cannot drink, eat and socialise without a cigarette ... Without cigarettes, the country's stability will be affected.

Zhang Baozhen, vice-director of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, explaining why a smoke-free Olympics isn't about to happen

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Tough guys in demand

It's that time of year when young men and women who like to kick down doors and blow things up apply to join the police force's elite and secretive special duties squad, Hong Kong's version of SWAT.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

On target

Some people dream of having an all-action job, such as being part of a police SWAT team, but few realise this fantasy. Playing video games is one alternative, but those who want to get closer to the real thing should check out the thrills offered by the Hong Kong Shooting Development Union (HKSDU).

21 May 2006 - 12:00am

Give mosquitoes the flick - permanently

They suck our blood and make us itch. They can even give us deadly diseases. If any creature deserves to be swiftly despatched to the great pool of stagnant water in the sky, then surely it is the humble mosquito.

24 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Elite cop realism a bore

Police Quest: Swat for PC CD-ROMs Former police officer Daryl F. Gates's foray into the computer world should have paid off handsomely by now. The Police Quest series from Sierra - he helped design it and is now a consultant - has already reached its fifth instalment.

26 May 1996 - 12:00am

Machine guns for special few

ONLY selected officers are trained to use machine guns - and those who qualify must attend additional target practice.

Police weapons training officer, Acting Superintendent Albert Lee Yeung-chi, said every recruit was required to attend 60-hour of training with revolvers, rifles, shotguns and other weapons at the Police Training School.

22 Jul 1993 - 12:00am