Reputed Afghan drug lord held for trial in U.S.


Flames engulf cars near the Viareggio railway station in western Italy on Monday.
A reputed drug lord described as one of the biggest heroin suppliers in eastern Afghanistan — with suspected ties to the Taliban — appeared in federal court in Washington Monday, where he was ordered detained pending his expected drug trial.

The train, traveling from La Spezia to Pisa, was carrying gas tanks and derailed while passing through the station in the coastal town of Viareggio, the official, Antonio Garufi, told CNN. The station and a few nearby buildings caught fire and were evacuated, he said. The five fatalities were victims of a resulting building fire, Garufi said. The train operators were not injured. The explosion happened at about 11:45 p.m. (5:45 p.m. ET).

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