September 21, 2008

Al Qaeda may be behind Bomb of Marriott in Pakistan

The New York Times reported that a bomb that killed 53 people at a Marriott Hotel located in Pakistan may be the work of Al Qaeda.
Pakistani and U.S. officials think that the terrorist group bombed the hotel in an attempt to disrupt the country, democracy, and the already suffering economy in Pakistan.
Over 260 others were wounded in the blast, including foreigners and Americans.
A truck, which was said to be carrying 1320 lbs. of explosives, tried to get past security and blew up, causing a 24 foot deep crater.
Yahoo News reported that the truck was burning at the hotel gate for 3 1/2 minutes as guards tried to put out the fire.
Not only was the hotel damaged, but so were nearby cars as well.
Security tried to move many people to the back of the hotel before the truck exploded, so many people were able to flee the hotel before the explosion.
President Asif Ali Zardari said the bombing was a cowardly act, and left for the United States on Sunday.
The United States said it will assist the country with their investigation.

September 13, 2008

China Investigates Contaminated Infant Formula

The New York Times reported on Friday that China will be investigating infant formula that was contaminated with melamine and is linked to the death of one baby and at least 50 cases of kidney problems in other babies.
The producer of this formula, Sanlu Group, recalled 700 tons of the formula after finding out it was contaminated.
However, there are many questions regarding this incident and the Sanlu would not answer phone calls from the New York Times regarding the incident.
Chinese officials say they have interviewed almost 80 dairy farmers and milk dealers and suspect that some milk may have been diluted with water and then had melamine added to mask the dilution.
Officials promise severe consequences for people who are found responsible.
This is not the first case of contamination of Chinese products. Last year, pet food with contaminated Chinese ingredients killed thousands of pets, after which China promised no people foods would be contaminated with melamine.