Breaking News: Three men found guilty over shooting that left 5-year-old girl paralysed

Three men have been convicted at the Old Bailey over a shooting in a south London shop which left a five-year-old girl paralysed.

Thusha Kamaleswaran was shot in the chest and Roshan Selvakumar, 35, was shot in the face at Stockwell Food and Wine in Brixton shop last March.

Nathaniel Grant, Kazeem Kolawole and Anthony McCalla were convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent.

The men were also found guilty of the attempted murder of Roshaun Bryan.

The court heard the gunmen were trying to shoot someone else when the two innocent victims got caught in the crossfire.

Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told jurors: “The reality of this shooting may be that, whilst there was an intention to kill the suspected rival gang member, the gunman and his accomplices couldn’t have cared less if someone else was shot too.”

Thusha’s heart stopped twice before doctors were able to save her. She has spent most of the last year in hospital and doctors say she will never walk again.

Four killed in French school shooting

Three children and a teacher have been killed following a shooting at a Jewish School in Toulouse.

The shooter took aim as pupils were being dropped off for primary school before he escaped on a scooter. The three children killed were all described as being of North-African descent.

Details remain unclear but police have stated there are similarities between this attack and previous shootings of soldiers in the same region. Three paratroopers have been killed in the last week with another seriously injured in two separate attacks.

President Sarkozy and Gilles Bernheim, the Grand Rabbi of France, are on their way to attend the scene whilst extra police have been drafted into the area. Security has also been stepped up around all Jewish schools in the country.

Afghanistan shooting raises questions

An investigation has been launched into why an American solider stormed homes in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the villages of Alkozai and Najeeban, and left 16 civilians dead, including women and children.

According to an U.S. official, only one U.S. soldier appeared to have been involved in the shootings but there have been eye-witness statements that suggest there were multiple soldiers involved.

An ISAF spokesman said the lone U.S. soldier “walked back to the base and turned himself in to U.S. forces this morning”.

It is speculated that the detained soldier is an Army staff sergeant who was married with two children and that he had served three Iraq tours but was on his first Afghan deployment.

It is believed that, some time before the killings, the soldier suffered a nervous breakdown.  The real reason behind the incident is currently under investigation and the solider is being questioned. There are concerns that the attack may have been premeditated.

This is just one more incident that is straining the relations in the area, and comes only weeks after American troops unknowingly burned copies of the Quran and other religious material, an act that caused mass protests across the Middle East.

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Yemen forces open fire at protest. 30 Dead.

By Michael Mckeand

An injured man as protests turn ugly in Yemen. Photo: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Yemeni forces have opened fire on protesters in Sanaa killing at least 30 people and wounding 200. Medical sources and eyewitnesses have described how security forces and unidentified snipers opened fire on the protesters who marched after Muslim prayers.

Security forces initially fired into the air to prevent the anti-government protesters from marching from Samaa University, where the protesters headquarters are found. After this initial gunfire, shooting continued and the death toll mounted.

Tens of thousands of protesters had gathered to oppose the rule of  President Ali Abdullah Saleh calling for him to immediately step down from power.

“The situation is tragic. There are dozens killed and hundreds wounded. We couldn’t send relief,” said Abdul-Qawi al-Shumeiri, secretary-general of the doctor’s syndicate.

Protesters accused plainclothes snipers of firing from rooftops and have said that they have detained 7 of them. “The youth stormed one of the buildings and arrested seven snipers who were firing on the demonstrators,” said activist Mohamed al-Sharaby.

Yemen has been hit by mass demonstrations for weeks as growing pressure mounts on President Saleh to relinquish power now. He has already agreed to step down in 2013, promising a new constitution to grant more powers to parliament. Tens of thousands of protesters though have gathered in other cities across the country, not only Sanaa, calling for his immediate exit.

The United States have condemned the bloodshed, and backed the right for peaceful protest, but insist that  only dialogue can end the political crisis.

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