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WORLD IN BRIEF: Iraq investigating claims of Sunni abuse in prison

Iraq investigating claims of Sunni abuse in prison

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials are investigating claims that detainees, believed to be mostly Sunnis, were tortured at a makeshift prison in Baghdad, in a case that has outraged the country's Sunni minority, Iraqi officials said Thursday.

The deputy human rights minister, Kamil Amin, said that three army officers have been arrested in connection with the case. An Iraqi who said he was in the prison described being beaten, tortured with electric shock treatment and smothered with a plastic bag.

The case, which was first reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times, has angered the country's Sunni population who see it as another example of persecution by Iraq's Shiite-led government.

Explosion kills one, 75 wounded in Bangkok

BANGKOK — Soldiers and civilians hauled away bloodied victims after a series of grenade attacks Thursday in a new burst of violence in Thailand's chaotic capital — the scene of a tense, weekslong standoff between anti-government protesters and security forces.

A Thai woman was killed and 75 other people wounded, according to the government's Erawan emergency center.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said attackers shot five M-79 grenades from a nearby area where the anti-government Red Shirt protesters are encamped. But his brief statement televised live late Thursday night on all channels seemed to stop short of directly blaming the Red Shirts, and he urged people who had been demonstrating against them to leave the area for their own safety.

Trial opens in German school attack case

BERLIN — A German teenager standing trial for attacking his high school with an ax, knives and molotov cocktails said Thursday he did not feel any compassion for his victims.

Nine students were injured when the 19-year-old former student attacked the school last year. The trial on 47 counts of attempted murder at a court in the Bavarian town of Ansbach is closed to the public and his identity has not been disclosed because of his age.

The teen also faces charges of severe assault, attempted grave arson and attempted manslaughter of two police officers for the attack on September 17, 2009 in Ansbach.

— From wire reports