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Collapse Injures 2 in Boston

Date of Occurrence: March 20, 2014 Location: Boston, Massachusetts Event: Building Collapse Fatalities: 0 Injuries/Displaced: 2

Two people were injured in a construction accident after part of a planned 33 story building collapsed in Boston.  The collapse was caused by an object placed on the 12th floor that overloaded the slab and caused seven floors to collapse. Over 120 workers were working on the building when the collapse occurred.


CBS Boston

Boston Globe

Taliban Suicide Attackers Storm Police Station in Jalalabad

Date of Occurrence: March 20, 2014 Location: Jalalabad, Afghanistan Event: Bombing and Gun Attack Fatalities: 11 Injuries/Displaced: 22

A police station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan was targeted by militants in a gun battle and bomb assault that went on for over three hours and killed ten policeman and a university student who was caught in the crossfire.

A mini-truck driven by a suicide bomber was detonated outside the police station.  In the debris and confusion, several gunmen (all wearing suicide vests) attacked the station as two additional bombs were set off remotely.  At least twenty people were injured from the initial explosion.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for this latest attack leading up to Afghanistan elections on April 5th.


Afghan soldiers and police search through station after the attack (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)


New York Times

The News


CTV News

Suicide Bomber Strikes Hotel in Somalia

Date of Occurrence: March 17, 2014 Location: Buuloburde, Somalia Event: Suicide Bomb at checkpoint Fatalities: 32 reported Injuries/Displaced: Unknown

A suicide bomber drove a car bomb into a hotel that houses African Union and Somali troops on Monday. The attack was followed by heavy fighting.  The number of fatalities and injured is unknown at this point.  The attack follows a different attack on a military convoy also on Monday that claimed the lives of four Somali soldiers.


Al Jazeera