Evening top 5: 4 killed in Swedish attack; US launches Syrian airstrikes

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4 people killed in Swedish truck attack

It's now believed that four people have been killed and 15 injured after a vehicle was driven into passers-by outside a department store on Drottninggatan. 

According to police "One person has been arrested who may be connected with the incident."

Swedish police earlier released images of a man they want to talk to after a truck drove into pedestrians in Stockholm, killing three people and injuring many more.

 

US launches Syrian airstrikes in response to chemical attack

The US has attacked a Syrian airbase with around 60 Tomahawk missiles in response to the deadly chemical weapons attack in Idlib Province.

Officials have said the missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea.

The attack targeted the Syrian government-controlled Shayrat airfield near the city of Homs - believed by security officials to have been the base for Tuesday’s chemical attack - which killed at least 80 people.

 

Coveney sets out opposition to water charges report

The Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has written to the Oireachtas committee on the future funding of water – arguing that their final report might leave Ireland facing major EU fines.

The minister’s letter comes after the committee delayed its final vote in order to get another legal opinion on its recommendations.

In its current from the report would scrap charges, refund existing bills, and end domestic meter installation.

 

19 injured in Polish train crash

19 people have been injured after a high-speed train collided with a flat-bed truck at an unguarded railway in Poland. 

The accident occurred at around 3pm on Friday, in the village of Schodnia, when a Pendolino intercity train carrying some 300 passengers hit a truck.

The train damaged its protruding front section and partially derailed but remained upright. The truck driver was not hurt. 
 
 

Guinness PRO12 Round-Up: Crosbie kicks Connacht to victory

Connacht had Steve Crosbie to thank as the Irish province picked up a valuable 22-19 win away to Edinburgh this evening.

Crosbie kicked 17 points to earn earn them a win which takes them up to 7th in the Guinness PRO12 Championship.

The visitors led 6-0 approaching on 27 minutes, Crosbie punishing Edinburgh for their indiscipline with two penalties.