Deadly blast hits luxury venue in Quetta

The attack targeted the Serena hotel, which is often frequented by officials

A bomb explosion at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, has killed five people and wounded 12.

The Pakistani Taliban said it was behind the blast in the car park of the Serena Hotel, and that it had targeted police officers and other officials.

A Taliban spokesman described it as an attack by a suicide bomber using a car filled with explosives.

Initial reports had suggested the target was China’s ambassador.

Ambassador Nong Rong is understood to be in Quetta

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Deadly Blast Hits Pakistan Hotel, Missing China’s Envoy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A powerful explosion apparently from a suicide bomber struck the parking lot of a luxury hotel in southwest Pakistan frequented by high-level guests on Wednesday, and officials said at least four people had been killed and 12 wounded. China’s ambassador to Pakistan may have missed the blast by mere minutes.

The ambassador, Nong Rong, was leading a Chinese delegation that had been visiting the area and staying at the hotel, the Serena, in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province.

“The Chinese were staying at Serena Hotel but they were not present at the hotel at the time of

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NJ man says vacation turned deadly after friend got psycho drunk

HONOLULU — A Hawaii vacation for three tourists from the U.S. East Coast turned deadly after one of them became “psychotically” drunk, his friend testified Wednesday.

Alexander Germany-Wald, of Montclair, testified at a preliminary hearing for his college buddy, Benjamin Fleming of Pittsburgh, who is charged with murder in the strangulation of their friend, Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh.

The three men, friends since college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, were staying at a Big Island vacation rental last month when Gupta was asked to leave a bar because he was belligerently drunk, Germany-Wald said.

Germany-Wald said he took

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Preliminary hearing set in deadly vacation rental fight

A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man made his initial court appearance Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter stemming from an altercation at a Kailua-Kona vacation rental that resulted in the death of his roommate.

Benjamin Fleming was arrested Monday after Hawaii Police Department officers were called to the Kona Mansions Condominiums for an unconscious man who was not breathing. Medics, who were already on the scene, determined that the victim identified as 30-year-old Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh, was already deceased.

An autopsy performed Tuesday afternoon found the cause of death to be strangulation and manner of death to be homicide.


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Boston man arrested after deadly fight in Hawaii released with no charges

The AP

updated on March 31, 2021

Benjamin Fleming. —Hawaii Police Department

HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist from Pittsburgh has been charged with manslaughter after a deadly fight in a Hawaii vacation rental, police said.

A second tourist from Boston who had been arrested was released with no charges filed, police on the Big Island said Wednesday.

Police were called to a Kailua-Kona vacation rental early Monday where a 30-year-old man wasn’t breathing.

A preliminary investigation found that an argument between roommates turned physical, police said.

Benjamin Fleming, 37, of Pittsburgh and Alexander Germany-Wald, 31, of Boston were arrested.

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