- Inclement weather and dense jungles have hampered search efforts for a Cessna airplane carrying a World Gospel Mission (WGM) missionary family in Bolivia. The plane disappeared September 28 en route from an Andean mountain village to Santa Cruz. Crews are combing the jungles around the Yapacani River in central Bolivia by land and air for signs of the plane. Passengers included John, 27, and Masako Trosen, 33, of Wadena, Minnesota; their children, Isaiah, 3, and Sophia, 8 months; Juan Carlos Zuazo, a Bolivian pastor; and Johny Mamani, a 25-year-old seminary student, and his wife, Lucy, 19. The Trosens were in their first year with the Marion, Indiana- based WGM.
- A Turkish court in September sentenced Mehmet Kurt, a member of the outlawed Islamic terrorist group vasad, to life in prison for a September 1997 bombing of a Turkish Good News Publishing Company Good News Publishing Company bookstand. A four-year-old boy died in the blast in Gaziantep, Turkey, and 25 people sustained injuries (CT, Nov. 17, 1997, p. 76). Seven other vasad members received prison terms ranging from 45 months to 18 years for the attack.
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