Nineteen Shot In New Orleans Mother’s Day Parade

Nineteen Shot In New Orleans Mother's Day ParadeAbdul Aziz believes he was standing right next to a shooter Sunday when gunmen opened fire at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, injuring 19 people.

‘Minor to severe’

Aziz, 33, a photojournalist, was at the second-line parade when gunfire broke out at the corner of Frenchman Street and North Villere Street. Second-line parades, which involve dancing and brass bands, are a New Orleans tradition. They happen most every Sunday, except during the hottest months in summer, according to Aziz.

According to police, 19 people were injured in the shooting, including two children. Ten men and seven women were among the victims. The children suffered graze wounds. Other injuries ranged from minor to severe.


‘Reason unknown’

Shots were fired from different guns, and officers saw three suspects running from the scene, police said. One of the suspects was described as an African-American male, approximately 18 to 22 years old, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts. No one is in custody.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told CNN affiliate WVUE that it appears “two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards, or in the crowd.”

What do you think was the motive behind this Mother’s Day parade shooting? Do you think they will be able to catch those responsible for this crime?

Source: Dana Ford, CNN

Image: The Telegraph

Pakistan Taliban Shoots Girl Campaigning For Peace

Gunmen have wounded a 14-year-old rights activist who has campaigned for girls’ education in the Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan.

Malala Yousafzai was attacked on her way home from school in Mingora, the region’s main town. She came to public attention in 2009 by writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban militants who had taken control of the valley.

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman told the BBC they carried out the attack. Ehsanullah Ehsan told BBC Urdu that they attacked her because she was anti-Taliban and secular, adding that she would not be spared.


A police official told BBC Urdu that unidentified gunmen opened fire on the schoolgirls as they were about to board a van or bus. She was hit in the head and, some reports say, in the neck area by a second bullet, but is now in hospital and is reportedly out of danger. Another girl who was with her at the time was also injured.

Malala Yousafzai was just 11 when she was writing her diary, two years after the Taliban took over the Swat Valley, and ordered girls’ schools to close. In the diary, which she kept for the BBC’s Urdu service under a pen name, she exposed the suffering caused by the militants as they ruled. She used the pen-name Gul Makai when writing the diary. Her identity only emerged after the Taliban were driven out of Swat and she later won a national award for bravery and was also nominated for an international children’s peace award.

Do you admire Malala Yousafzai for her courage to speak out the truth about Taliban rule? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions regarding this topic!

Source: BBC News

Image: The New York Times