Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Friday, October 27, 2023.
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1. Suspect still at-large in Lewiston, Maine mass shooting
At least 18 are dead and 13 injured after a mass shooting at a bar and a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine. Robert Card, 40, is considered a "person of interest" by law enforcement, who said that he "should be considered armed and dangerous." Residents in the cities of Lewiston, Bowdoin, and Auburn have been advised to shelter in place, closing local schools and businesses.
"No specific threats have been received, but in the interest of public safety, we are closely monitoring the situation and remain in close communication with our regional law enforcement partners," the Connecticut State Police said in a statementThursday morning.
The tragedy marks the 565th mass shooting so far in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive, as well as the deadliest.
2. U.S. airstrikes targets in Syria linked to Iran
The United States launched airstrikes early Friday against two locations in eastern Syria linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a statement from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who said that the strike was in response to drone and rocket attacks on U.S. forces over the past week.
Austin emphasized that the strikes are separate from the ongoing conflict in Gaza, and those those targeted by the United States "were not civilians." No deaths have yet been recorded.
3. South Korea accuses North Korea of supplying Hamas with weapons
A senior official from Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said earlier this week that North Korea appears to be working with Hamas by supplying them weapons and coaching them in combat tactics. South Korean officials believe that a surprise attack on their country could potentially be in the works.
"Hamas is believed to be directly or indirectly linked to North Korea in various areas, such as the weapons trade, tactical guidance and training," the official told local media. "There is a possibility that North Korea could use Hamas' attack methods for a surprise invasion of South Korea."