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Quetta bombing

The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a group of Sunni supremacists and jihadists was responsible for a bombing attack at a market in Hazara Town in Quetta, Pakistan. The attack claimed the lives of at least 110 people and left 200 more injured. Most of the victims were of Shia Twelver ethnicity. The perpetrators were arrested 3 days later.

Amtrak train crashes

The Maryland train collision occurred when a MARC commuter train collided with Amtrak's Capitol Limited passenger train in Silver Spring, Maryland. The collision killed three crew and eight passengers on the MARC train; a further eleven passengers on the MARC train and fifteen passengers and crew on the Capitol Limited were injured.

Ash Wednesday bushfires

Long lasting severe droughts and extreme weather resulted in a series of bushfires that caused widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. Roughly 2,080 square km of land was burnt as a result and 75 people lost their lives. An estimated 130,000 volunteers from across Australia fought the fires.