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News Wrap: 15 killed in Tokyo stabbing attack

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day's other news: Reports out of Japan say a man with a knife has killed at least 15 people and wounded 45. Police say it happened at a facility for the disabled in a town outside Tokyo. National broadcaster NHK reports the man was a former employee at the facility, and turned himself in after the attack.

    The Islamic State group claimed responsibility today for Sunday's suicide bombing in Germany that wounded 15 people. It was the latest in a series of attacks across the country.

    Fatima Manji of Independent Television News reports from Bavaria.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    Once again, a German city is on high alert after a violent attack, the fourth in what Bavaria's interior minister called the country's days of terror. Last night, a Syrian man blew himself up outside a wine bar just yards away from a music festival where he was refused entry.

  • MAN (through translator):

    Suddenly, there was an extremely loud bang, more like a loud rattle, definitely the sound of an explosion. I was shaken. I didn't know what it was. I went back away from there.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    The Bavarian Interior Ministry say a video in Arabic was on the bomber's phone showing him pledging allegiance to leader of the so-called Islamic State group.

  • JOACHIM HERRMANN, Bavarian Interior Minister (through translator):

    I think this video shows unquestionably that the attack was a terror attack with an Islamist background, that the perpetrator had Islamist convictions.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    Police say he had a bomb in his backpack with many metal parts that could've killed and injured many more people. Had he been allowed into the crowded event, this could've been worse. The bomber lived at this shelter with other migrants and refugees.

    Officials say his application for asylum in Germany had been rejected because he was a registered refugee in Bulgaria, and he was due to be deported there. The incident comes at the end of a violent week in Germany. On Friday, a German teenager of Iranian descent shot dead nine people at a shopping center in Munich.

    The shooter had a history of mental illness and may have been inspired by the far right. On Sunday, a 21-year-old Syrian man wielding a machete killed a woman in what police believe was a domestic dispute, all this after an attack in which a 17-year-old asylum-seeker armed with an axe injured five people on a train in Bavaria. He was shot dead after the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The attacks are fueling renewed debate over Germany's acceptance of one million migrants and refugees last year.

    In Iraq, at least 14 people were killed and dozens were wounded, when a suicide bomber rammed a checkpoint. It happened at a busy entrance to a Shiite town some 50 miles north of Baghdad. The Sunni-dominated Islamic State group claimed responsibility. Meanwhile, a string of bombings inside Baghdad killed nine more people.

    Back in this country, police in Fort Myers, Florida, tried to piece together what triggered a shooting attack overnight at a nightclub. It left two teenagers dead and 17 wounded. The club had been hosting a swimsuit party for teens. Police detained three people, and are looking for others, but they do not think it was an act of terror. The shooting came just over a month after the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people.

    Basketball legend Michael Jordan today pledged $2 million today to help mend relations between police and black communities. Half will go to the Institute for Community-Police Relations, a program set up by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the other half to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The NBA Hall of Famer said he can no longer stay silent after recent police-involved shootings and the ambush killings of officers.

    A wildfire north of Los Angeles has now forced the evacuation of some 10,000 homes. The blaze broke out Friday, and has already burned more than 50 square miles, and killed one person. Flames driven by winds are sweeping through rugged uphill terrain. Nearly 3,000 firefighters are on the lines, but they say progress is slow.

  • DREW SMITH, Fire Captain, Los Angeles County Fire Department:

    This has been topography-driven. Wind picks up, and it moves it from south to north at about 7,000 acres a day. So when the winds surface, we have those wind speeds that's going to move it across the landscape.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Making matters worse, triple-digit heat in recent days and years of severe drought.

    Verizon made it official today: It's buying Internet pioneer Yahoo! for just over $4.8 billion. The telecom giant bought AOL last year, and hopes the two acquisitions bring new revenue streams from mobile video and advertising. Yahoo! was once valued at $130 billion, but suffered a severe loss of advertising in recent years, and laid off thousands of employees.

    Wall Street's week opened on a down note, after a four-week rally. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 77 points to close at 18493. The Nasdaq fell two points, and the S&P 500 slipped six.

    And New Zealand is embarking on an all-out campaign to rid itself of rats by the year 2050. It's an effort to save native birds from rodents that eat their eggs and compete for other food. Rats are not native to New Zealand. Instead, they arrived with the first ships carrying explorers and colonists.

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