WORLD IN BRIEF: Gang-rapists attack nearly 200 women

Gang-rapists attack nearly 200 women

JOHANNESBURG -- Rwandan and Congolese rebels gang-raped nearly 200 women and some baby boys over four days within miles of a U.N. peacekeepers' base in an eastern Congo mining district, an American aid worker and a Congolese doctor said Monday.

Will F. Cragin of the International Medical Corps said aid and U.N. workers knew rebels had occupied Luvungi town and surrounding villages in eastern Congo the day after the attack began on July 30.

Cragin said his organization was only able to get into the town, which he said is about 10 miles from a U.N. military camp, after rebels ended their brutal spree of raping and looting and withdrew of their own accord on Aug. 4.

Mexican soldier says slain man fired on army

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- A Mexican soldier said that a U.S. citizen attacked an army convoy and was killed when troops shot him in self-defense outside the resort city of Acapulco, a police official said. The man's father said Monday that he found it hard to believe.

An army sergeant told police that Joseph Proctor opened fire on a military convoy with an AR-15 rifle, forcing the soldiers to shoot back, said Domingo Olea, a police investigator in the western state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located.

Olea provided no further details on Proctor, who was found dead in his car early Sunday. The press office at the Mexican Defense Department declined to comment on the case.

Gunmen kill 5 oil workers

BAGHDAD -- Gunmen in Iraq ambushed a car carrying five oil refinery employees transporting the company payroll on Monday, killing them and fleeing with $300,000 in cash, officials said.

The attack just outside Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit hit the employees after they had picked up the payroll for the Haditha refinery in western Iraq from the main refining headquarters in police said.

Three accountants, an engineer and a driver were killed, said an official with the main refinery in Beiji. Hospital officials in Tikrit confirmed the death toll.

The incident was the latest in a growing number of criminal attacks many believe are part of insurgent efforts to raise funds.