Nature reserve activist shot to death in central Mexico
MEXICO CITY — Unidentified gunmen shot to death a lawyer and activist who defended a rural tract against development near the Mexican city of Cuernavaca, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.
The governmental commission issued a statement condemning the killing of Isaac Medardo Herrera on Monday night.
His neighborhood activist group in Jiutepec, Morelos posted a statement saying the killers knocked on the door of Herrera’s home and shot him, before fleeing.
Herrera had led a fight over at least four years to stop plans to build a housing development on the Los Venados tract, an environmentally sensitive woodland area in Jiutepec, just south of Cuernavaca. The development was halted and the area was supposed to be used as a nature reserve.
The commission said at least one other activist has been killed in Mexico so far in 2020.
50 Nigerian soldiers killed in ambush
MAIDGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram extremists killed at least 50 soldiers during an ambush in northern Yobe state, one of the deadliest recent attacks on troops in Nigeria, according to military sources.
The ambush happened as the military tried to launch an offensive against the Boko Haram militants, according to a military official with knowledge of the operation that started over the weekend. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media about the matter.
The soldiers initially were able to fight back and escape, the official said. They launched another offensive a day or so later and were then attacked from the rear at a place near the village of Goneri called the Gorge, he said.
The Boko Haram fighters inflicted heavy casualties by firing on troop vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades and guns, he said. Survivors were being treated at hospitals in Damaturu and Maiduguri.
Viral video-maker apologizes
CINCINNATI — A Florida spring breaker has apologized for saying in a viral video last week that he wouldn’t let warnings about the Coronavirus stop him from partying and “if I get Corona, I get Corona.”
Brady Sluder said in an Instagram post that he was owning up to his mistakes and he didn’t realize the impact of his words.
“Don’t be arrogant and think you’re invincible like myself,” he wrote.
The 22-year-old from Milford, Ohio, told a TV news crew in Miami last week that “we’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”