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News Wrap: Afghan soldier targets U.S. troops in insider attack

In our news wrap Wednesday, one American was killed and at least two others wounded by an Afghan soldier at a military compound in Jalalabad. Also, Iran announced it would deploy two warships near Yemen, supposedly to patrol for pirates. Iran has denied it is arming Yemen’s Shiite rebels.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In other news this day, an Afghan soldier turned his gun on American troops today, killing one and wounding at least two before he was killed. It happened at a military compound in the eastern city of Jalalabad. There was no word on a motive. This was the latest in a series of insider attacks in Afghanistan recent years.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Tensions climbed higher in the Persian Gulf region today, over the fighting in Yemen. Iran announced it's deploying two warships near Yemen to patrol against pirates. The Iranians deny arming Yemen's Shiite rebels, but the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates today said Iran is fomenting the trouble.

  • SHEIK ABDULLAH BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, UAE Foreign Minister (through interpreter):

    Every time we try to get closer to Iran or work with Iran, we see that Iran is trying to wreak havoc in the region. And I hope we don't fall for the idea that this issue is sectarian. This is an issue that our brothers in Iran believe in exporting a revolution. It's part of their constitution, a part of their system.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Meanwhile, fighting raged in Yemen's port city of Aden, where the rebels are battling supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. And Saudi Arabia carried out new airstrikes in support of Hadi. We will hear from Secretary of State John Kerry on Yemen, Iran and other issues after the news summary.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In Northern Iraq, Islamic State militants have released more than 200 minority Yazidis who'd been held captive more than eight months. The group included 40 children, but most were elderly and in poor health. Iraqi officials said today that many showed signs of abuse and neglect. They were taken away by ambulances and buses. The militants gave no reason why they released the prisoners.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Air traffic controllers in France walked off the job today in a two-day work stoppage. About 40 percent of flights across France were canceled. The French civil aviation agency said staff shortages mean about 50 percent of flights will be canceled tomorrow. The controllers want better working conditions, and they're protesting plans to raise the mandatory retirement age from 57 to 59.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Police in Britain have launched a manhunt in a jewelry heist of epic proportions. Over Easter weekend, a gang of thieves stole up to $300 million in cash and gems from a central repository.

    Jane Deith of Independent Television News reports.

  • JANE DEITH:

    All day, people slipped through the black doors, looking for gold and diamonds, watches and rings. Hatton Garden Safe Deposit is where London puts its bling for safekeeping. Now millions of it is gone, thieves in and out before security guards twigged.

  • MAN:

    They should have extra security, especially over the Easter holiday.

  • JANE DEITH:

    But how did the robbers get in? A lot of attention and speculation has focused on the roof. Its thought they abseiled down the lift shaft to the vault in the basement. Police say they used heavy cutting equipment to get inside. It is possible they spent the whole Easter weekend in there. The police weren't called until Tuesday morning.

    Apparently, the alarm did go off on Friday. It's been suggested a security guard checked the front door, but no one checked inside. This vault's been hit before, in 1975 by armed robbers. They got away with loot worth a million pounds. This time, it will be a lot, lot more.

    JAMES RILEY, Gemmological Association of Great Britain: If the diamond merchants' boxes have been broken into and goods were stolen, then we will be talking about individual boxes containing millions of pounds' worth of stock.

  • JANE DEITH:

    Here, they believe the valuables were stolen to order and that the gang and their bounty are long gone.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The robbery could turn out to be the largest in British history.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Back in this country, Ferguson, Missouri will now have a city council that's evenly divided along racial lines. Two new black members were elected Tuesday in the city's first election since the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman. The city's population is majority black.

    And in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel easily won reelection in a runoff with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Cook County commissioner.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In economic news, energy giant Royal Dutch/Shell announced it's buying British rival BG Group for nearly $70 billion, while on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 27 points to close back above 17900. The Nasdaq rose 40 points, and the S&P 500 added five.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And for the first time, the National Football League has hired a woman as a full-time game official. Sarah Thomas will be a line judge for the 2015 season. In 2007, she became the first woman to officiate college football games.

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