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Nottingham rally condemns bomb attacks on Pakistani Christians

People from across the country came to protest against the attacks. Credit: Pukaar News
Around 100 Pakistani Christian families from Nottingham joined the rally. Credit: Pukaar News
17 Pakistani Christians died in two suicide bomb attacks in Lahore earlier this month. Credit: Pukaar News

Pakistani Christian's protest against Lahore bomb attacks

17 Pakistani Christians died in two suicide bomb attacks in Lahore earlier this month. Credit: Pukaar News

Pakistani Christian families from across the UK have come together in Nottingham to protest against the attacks in Lahore, earlier this month.

A vigil will be held in memory of the 17 people who died in the suicide bomb attacks which the Taliban have claimed responsibility for.

The Muslim community in the UK have strongly condemned the bombings.


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British investigator to join Alps plane crash operation

An air crash investigator from Britain is being sent to France to work on the Germanwings recovery operation.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said:"The AAIB are sending someone to join the French-led investigation, given that there are victims from the UK in the crash."

Audio suggests pilot crashed Alps plane 'on purpose'

One of the Germanwings' plane black boxes Credit: ITV News

Investigators say the audio evidence salvaged from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps appears to suggest that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane.

Father of two Martyn Matthews from Wolverhampton died in the crash Credit: Family handout

50-year-old Martyn Matthews from Wolverhampton was amongst the one hundred and fifty people who died in the crash on Tuesday.

Prosecutors believe the German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, caused the crash deliberately after the captain left the cockpit, and then wasn't let back in. Prosecutors added there were no grounds to consider it was a terrorist incident.

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Death 'was instantaneous' in Germanwings crash

Screams could only be heard "in the last moment and death was instantaneous" before the Germanwings flight crashed into the Alps at more than 430mph, the Marseille prosecutor said.

The Airbus is a big plane so the passengers are next to the cockpit. We only hear screams at the very end, it's in the last moment and death was instantaneous, it hit the mountain at 700kpm per hour.

– Brice Robin


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'No grounds' to consider crash as terrorist incident

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to deliberately drive the plane into the ground, but said there were no grounds to consider it was a terrorist incident.

There is no reason to suspect a terrorist attack.

– Brice Robin

Asked whether he believed the crash that killed 150 people was the result of suicide, he said:

People who commit suicide usually do so alone....I don't call it a suicide.

– Brice Robin

He also said it did not appear that the passengers realised what was happening until the last moment.

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Germanwings co-pilot named as Andreas Lubitz

The co-pilot who appeared to want to deliberately destroy the Alps crash Germanwings plane was called Andreas Lubitz, French authorities said.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the flight that crashed killing all on board. Credit: Facebook.

The prosecutor said Lubitz was 28 years old. He joined Germanwings in September 2013, directly after training, and had flown 630 hours.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the co-pilot was alone at the controls and "intentionally" sent the plane into a doomed descent, after refusing to open the door to the captain.

Live updates: German co-pilot 'appears to have crashed plane deliberately'

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First bodies of Airbus crash victims are recovered

Recovery teams have started bringing down the remains of the dead from the French mountainside where the Germanwings flight crashed.

The cockpit voice recorder has been found and today the leaders of Germany, Spain and France visited where the rescue operation is based.

Juliet Bremner reports.

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Audio file extracted from debris of Germanwings aircraft

Investigators working to establish the cause of the Alps air crash say they have managed to extract a usable audio file from the black box of the Germanwings aircraft.

Remi Jouty, director of France's BEA air incident investigator said evaluating the information would take several days.

We just have been able to extract a useable audio data file. Detailed work will be carried on the file to interpret the voices and sounds that can be heard on the file.

– Remi Jouty

He also said that air traffic control tried to make contact with the plane when they noticed the descent but failed to do so. The last message transmitted to air traffic control was a routine message and did not give any indication of distress.

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