The attacks have been claimed by the Islamic State and were perpetrated by members of a single family: the mother with two daughters, ages 9 and 12, at one church and the father and two sons, ages 16 and 18, at the other two. All six family members died as well, bringing the total death toll to 13. Local authorities said the family was involved in an ISIS-inspired Indonesian group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), and may have traveled to Syria.
Two of the explosions were timed within one minute of each other at different locations. This is the deadliest terror attack in Indonesia since 2005 and the first time children have been used in an attack. Authorities believe it may be linked to a deadly standoff with an inmate at a high-security prison earlier in May.
This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian
Four people were killed and four others injured when a gunman dressed only in a coat opened fire around 3:30 a.m. local time at a Waffle House near Nashville. The shooting suspect has been identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Illinois. A Waffle House patron, James Shaw Jr., wrestled the gun away from the attacker, who left his coat and fled the crime scene nude.
BREAKING: Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in Waffle House shooting. Vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to him. Gunman last seen walking south on Murfreesboro Pike. He shed is coat and is nude. See Reinking? Pls call 615-862-8600 immediately. pic.twitter.com/duoWCo5fC0
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 22, 2018
"If you see a nude guy walking around, call the police immediately," said Metropolitan Nashville Police Department representative Don Aaron. "We believe he may be the suspect in this." A man dressed only in pants and fitting Reinking's description was seen later Sunday morning in a wooded area within a mile of the Waffle House but was not apprehended at that time. A manhunt is ongoing as of midday Sunday.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more details become available. Bonnie Kristian
A California man named Anthony Mele was killed in an apparently random stabbing attack while he held his young daughter at a cafe in Ventura, California, on Wednesday.
A homeless man named Jamal Jackson was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the attack. Restaurant employees and customers followed Jackson after the stabbing to help police locate him.
Young dad was eating in a restaurant Wednesday evening -- his 5-year-old on his lap -- when a homeless man allegedly ran into the Ventura steakhouse and stabbed Anthony Mele in the neck killing him. https://t.co/pA3XOugNf5 pic.twitter.com/OTg9gykPVd
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) April 20, 2018
A fire broke out in a residential portion of Trump Tower in New York City Saturday evening, leaving one man dead. The victim, Todd Brassner, 67, was a resident of the building. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died shortly thereafter. Six firefighters were injured, none seriously, before the blaze was put out.
President Trump responded to the fire on Twitter:
Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018
Trump Tower apartments were built before sprinklers were required for New York skyscrapers and have not been retrofitted with a sprinkler system. Trump was among the developers who lobbied against the sprinkler system mandate in the late 1990s. Bonnie Kristian
At least 14 people were killed and another 14 critically injured when a bus carrying a junior hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, crashed in Canada's Saskatchewan province Friday evening. The bus was hit by a truck while heading to a playoff game. Junior hockey is for players aged 16 to 20, and the bus was carrying 28 people, including the driver.
"I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a tweeted response. "Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy," said the team's president. "Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss." Bonnie Kristian
Niece says former Russian spy, poisoned by nerve agent, is in grave condition: 'I have maybe 1 percent of hope'
The former Russian spy and his daughter who were poisoned in Britain by a nerve agent have just a small chance of recovery, The Guardian reports. Sergei Skripal's niece, Viktoria Skripal, said her uncle and cousin's chance of pulling through "really isn't good." Speaking with BBC, she added "out of 99 percent, I have maybe 1 percent of hope."
The Skripals were poisoned by exposure to a nerve agent called Novichok, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has said. The incident has been widely blamed on Moscow. "Nerve agents disrupt normal messaging from the nerves to the muscles," BBC writes. "This causes muscles to become paralyzed and can lead to the loss of many bodily functions." The chemicals tend to be used in their liquid form, "which can seep through the skin."
"If you have ever sprayed insect repellent at a fly, you might have seen it drop to the ground and lie on its back, legs twitching," adds the BBC. "This is the result of nerve agents taking hold."
Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were hospitalized after being poisoned on March 4. "Whatever it was has given them a very small chance of survival," said Viktoria Skripal. "But they're going to be invalids for the rest of their lives.” More than 130 people could have potentially been exposed to the agent, authorities have said. Jeva Lange
An Iowa family of four was found dead Friday inside their vacation condo in Tulum, Mexico, local authorities reported. Police said there are "no signs of traumatic injury," and a relative of the family reported on Facebook there "was no foul play." Autopsies will be conducted to determine the cause of death, which some reports have suggested was a gas leak.
Kevin Sharp, 41, his wife Amy, 38, and their children Sterling, 12, and Adrianna, 7, were from Creston, Iowa. The Sharps owned a beer distribution company, and Kevin raced stock cars.
"We watched the flights leave Cancun and land in St. Louis. We watched the last one leave Cancun. We were hoping that we would hear from them then. When we did not we knew that something was wrong," said Jana Wedlund, Amy's cousin. "The only thing we're thankful for, the only thing they've given us hope for, is that it was very peaceful." Bonnie Kristian
The engineer who oversaw construction of the footbridge that collapsed in Florida Thursday, killing multiple people, left a voicemail with the state Transportation Department two days prior reporting cracks in the structure. The employee the engineer called was out of the office and thus did not hear the message until Friday.
However, it is not clear that the tragedy would have been prevented even if the voicemail were received more quickly: The engineer said the cracking would be repaired but was not a safety risk. "We've taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done, but from a safety perspective we don't see that there's any issue there, so we're not concerned about it from that perspective," said the message from engineer W. Denney Pate. "Although obviously the cracking is not good and something's going to have to be, you know, done to repair that."