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Compiled from Times wires
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published April 24, 2002

Canadian co-chair of inquest

A Canadian general will be co-chairman of a U.S. military investigation into the friendly fire incident that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, Canada's defense minister said Tuesday, as the funeral of one of the servicemen was broadcast live nationwide.

As co-chairman, Brig. Gen. Marc Dumais will be able to ask questions of the U.S. pilot, said Canadian Defense Minister Art Eggleton. Dumais had originally been slated to be an observer in the U.S. investigation, but his status has been raised.

Eggleton said U.S. officials requested Dumais be co-chairman.

In other news ...

RUMSFELD PACKING: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will travel to Afghanistan and surrounding Central Asian countries this week to consult with government officials and visit U.S. troops. Rumsfeld last visited Afghanistan in December 2001.

BOMBERS CONFESS: Two men arrested in a deadly bombing in the southern Philippines said they were trained abroad and revealed plans for more attacks throughout the country, police said Tuesday.

Witnesses said they saw the men put a bag in a motorcycle taxi that blew up in front of a busy department store in General Santos, causing most of the 15 deaths and 71 injuries that resulted from a trio of bombs in the southern city on Sunday.

ANTHRAX MISHAP: For the second time this month Army officials have found evidence of an accidental release of anthrax spores in an Army biodefense research building in Frederick, Md., this one involving a different and relatively benign strain of the microbe. The Army emphasized Tuesday that no military researchers had fallen ill from the apparent lapses.

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