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targeting the marines. authorities try to discover what triggered thursday's deadly rampage in tennessee. we have more information. also the west gate mall in kenya reopens today, nearly two years after the attack that killed 67 people. we'll go live to nairobi. and authorities investigate if it was an inside job. seven workers from the prison where drug lord joaquin guzman escaped in mexico are arrested. these stories are ahead this hour. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and watching from around the world.
i'm natalie allen, and this is "cnn newsroom." and we begin in tennessee with the latest on the deadly shooting there. investigators are looking into every aspect of mohammad abdulazeez's life to trigger the rampage. investigators found three guns on the 23-year-old and also found a rifle at his house. investigators say abdulazeez first went to a recruiting center. he opened fire there from his car. he then drove seven hours to a navy operational center where he killed four marines before police killed him. >> it was clear that this gunman had every intent to encounter and to murder police officers, if he needed to. >> abdulazeez reportedly traveled to the middle east a
few times over the past five years. a friend says the trips changed him. he became more distant. federal authorities are investigating at least 70 leads. >> this matter continues to be investigated as an act of terrorism by the fbi's knoxville joint terrorism task force along with the chattanooga police department and our other federal, state and local partners. because the investigation is still in its early stages it would be premature to speculate on exactly why the shooter did what he did. however, we are conducting a thorough investigation to determine whether this person acted alone. was inspired or directed and we'll exhaust all efforts in determining how and why this horrible act happened. >> investigators have pieced together what they think happened during thursday's rampage. gary tuchman breaks it down for us. >> reporter: a senior defense official tells cnn several marines inside the chattanooga
recruiting center the gunman's first stop were marine combat veterans who went into combat mode when mohammad youssuf abdulazeez started shooting at around 10:45 a.m. >> he lifted up his arms like this with a big, black gun, and just there was one shot and then it was just endless shots, one after another, just unloading. >> reporter: the marines told everyone to drop to the floor and then cleared the room by getting everyone outside in the back. everyone survived but abdulazeez who a law enforcement source and authorities say had at least two long guns including an ak-47-style rifle and a handgun, was not done. it is believed abdulazeez never got out of his rented ford mustang convertible. after firing his first barrage of shots at this location he made a right turn out of the parking lot, heading 7 1/2 miles to the next location. we've now arrived at that second location driving a normal speed. it took us about 13 minutes. within that short span of time something very traumatic
happened. >> officers began search inging and located the gunman driving down the highway. chattanooga police officers immediately began following and chasing that vehicle between the first and second locations. >> reporter: this is the second location which remains closed off. the gunman made a right turn into this entrance and continued driving down the road to the military support and reserve center. the police still in pursuit. >> eventually officers encountered the suspect at the second location. >> reporter: but the gunman was a moving target firing dozens of shots and killing four marines before he could be neutralized. [ sirens ] >> our officers drove down there, encountered him and engaged in a battle with him. >> reporter: abdulazeez was shot to death. officials believe he was killed by a chattanooga police officer. >> i am absolutely convinced that if it weren't for the bravery and the sacrifice of officers of the chattanooga police department more people in this community would be dead. >> reporter: the home where the gunman grew up with his parents
and siblings was searched for hours. bomb squad and canine unit inside the home. this picture showing a woman taken away in handcuffs, not arrested, but as a precaution. karen jones lives right next door. >> it was pretty scary, because you don't know what they're going to find. >> reporter: karen has known the family ever since they moved in about 14 years ago. when was the last time you saw mohammad? >> probably this weekend. i can't remember which day. >> reporter: but it was this weekend, though? >> yes. >> reporter: the gunman no longer lived in the home but according to his neighbor visited quite a bit. karen jones saying this weekend visit was routine. >> except for the beard. he didn't usually wear that. guys like to grow beards once in a while, and he's of age. >> reporter: gary tuchman, cnn, chattanooga, tennessee. >> we are also learning more about the gunman's last stand with police on thursday. let's bring in our cnn military analyst, lieutenant colonel luke
francona francona. what are you learning that is interesting about this rick? >> well i'm looking at his background and i noticed the key there was that he went to the middle east and he changed. so, obviously, something happened over in the middle east in jordan. there's a lot of al qaeda and isis sympathizers in jordan. the jordanians have a tremendous problem with al qaeda. abdul al zarqawi was a jordanian national so there's a lot of things that could have happened over there. i'm a little concerned, though as he came back he was arrested for dwi. that really doesn't fit the profile of what we'd expect of a committed jihadist. so there's a lot we don't know. there's a lot of contradictions here. but as you know we've talked in the past these lone wolf or these people that are operating under the radar are so hard to detect making them almost impossible to stop. and you know your heart breaks when you hear about these fine young marines who were killed
because they didn't have any weapons there. veterans of our wars overseas killed in chattanooga. >> right. and colonel, let's talk about the difficulty it is in tracing all of the people that could possibly be these lone wolf types. how important is it that there's some sort of paper trail, some sort of cyber trail? >> well we always find this after the fact but the problem is we're not able to monitor them as the indoctrination or radicalization is ongoing, because it's so subtle and it's so pervasive. if you go on the internet there's so much out there and there's so much attempts. these chat rooms are just full of isis al qaeda, other islamic groups looking for people just like this. and they're looking for people that are not going to come to the attention of law enforcement. so it's very very difficult. i don't know how we solve that. i know that the fbi's doing a
lot of undercover work now, but it's probably not going to be enough. i think the fbi director was very cogent in his remarks that he's not going to be able to stop everything. >> right, but how long do you think before we find out a little more about abdulazeez and perhaps what his exact motives were? what will you be listening for next? >> yeah you know i want to hear what the jordanian intelligence service has to say about him, because as you know i was an adviser to the jordanian service, and they're very good. they will figure out what he was doing in jordan. we'll know very shortly what he was up to over there and if it had any role in this if he was approached by somebody over there. so that's what i'm going to be looking for. but i think his motivation was obvious clear here. the fact that he had three weapons, he was wearing load-bearing equipment with multiple magazines. you don't do that if you're just going to go out and, you know fire a few shots at a recruiting station. he went out to kill people. and as we know he was able to do that partly because these
facilities -- and there's hundreds of them all over the country -- they're soft targets. it's almost impossible to secure them. >> absolutely. we understand that. we see them on yes, all of our street corners and in our neighborhoods throughout this country. colonel rick francona thank you for joining us. at least 20 vehicles were destroyed when a massive wildfire jumped a california freeway. drivers scrambled to safety in time, some climbing a nearby mountain to try to get away from the flames. officials say the brush fire grew to more than 1,400 hectares in just four hours. so far, there is no word of anyone getting hurt. cnn's paul vercammen checked in on the threat of the fire to homes nearby. >> reporter: as the sun was going down here's where they started to make their stand. this is phelan california. you can see the helicopter up above me. what they did was opened up a
fire hydrant nearby and created their own pool of water for the choppers to go down into and reload and drop water. homeowners also making a stand here doing everything that they possibly could to try to protect this neighborhood from the advance of the flames. some of them grabbing hoses and soaking their hillsides. now, all of this started, of course on the 15 freeway, the cajon pass that major artery between los angeles and las vegas. cars were abandoned and many of them of course caught fire and were completely burned. then the fire made its advance north, and that's where we saw so many different efforts, whether by air or by citizens grabbing hoses and the firefighters trying to stop this blaze before it could burn down major parts of the small city. >> derek van dam joins me now to talk more about it. luckily, they had water coming
out of those water hoses, because we know the situation with water in california. but that's a pretty big fire. i guess for our u.s. viewers, we should tell how big 1,400 hectares is in acres. >> 3,500 acres, to be exact. and it grew from 500 acres only a few hours prior to what you're seeing on the screen right now. and what i find particularly disturbing natalie, is that firefighting aircraft were actually grounded due to drones that were flying in the area. so they actually had to temporarily suspend -- >> yeah that small drone could impact those helicopters. >> that's right. and that people could actually be flying a drone at this instance. i know they're curious, but let's not get in the way of the firefighting efforts here people come on. common sense. but people on the ground and reading some of the testaments online of people who were actually on the inferno in the interstate were saying that it looked like a scene from a movie. and this picture really just says a million words. 70 cars lining up on the cajon pass and that made it very
difficult for fire engines to navigate their way to the fire. so that just shows you just how quickly these fires can spread especially when you have that situation involved. but how is it that a fire can jump across a highway? well i've got an answer for you. we look at the large immediate fire that was just east of the highway. we had a lot of wind coming down the mountainside and it only takes enough wind to pick up one of those little imembers of fires, carries it across the road and starts a new fire notice a spot fire and that continues that raging inferno further and further and further down the line. natalie, by the way, we have got other fires going on right now. new to cnn, in san bernardino the l.a. county sheriff confirming that 90 girl scouts have been evacuated from tabletop campground in wrightwood due to a fire that's grown to about 100 acres in size. >> oh, goodness. well i'm glad they've gotten to safety. >> they are. >> derek, thank you. we'll see you a little bit later. >> thanks. a milestone for a shopping
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isis is claiming responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks in iraq in recent months. at least 86 people were killed more than 100 injured when a truck packed with explosives blew up in the predominantly shia town of khan bani saad. the blast struck a market as people were shopping for celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of ramadan. you can see what this huge blast left behind the impact. they do expect they might find more people in all of that. well last hour a shopping mall in nairobi, kenya, reopened nearly two years after islamic militants stormed it in that horrific rampage, killing 67 people. the attack left the mall like this in disarray with
bullet-scarred walls, blood stains throughout. many kenyans see the reopening as a victory over terrorism, but others refuse to go back inside. cnn's robyn kriel has more on the mixed reaction from people over the opening of this mall again. she joins us now live from nairobi. hello there, robyn. >> reporter: well, good morning, natalie. there are some cars waiting to go into westgate, as well as people waiting to go in. but really we took a walk inside people are mostly just walking around looking to see just what has changed. not much has changed. in fact, a lot is still the same other than it smells new. but we asked survivors how they felt whether they would go back. here's what they had to say. it was an agonizing 80-hour siege for kenya. the world watched as al shabaab gunmen stormed this upscale
shopping center in nairobi and killed 67 kenyans and foreigners. >> i spent quite a few hours at westgate waiting for help to arrive. >> reporter: many of those who survived like shamime alu, still bear the scars. she was shot five times and continues to suffer from grenade shrapnel in her body. >> they're quite prominent. these are really really tiny ones but if you feel them they're bits of little balls of metal. >> reporter: alu was taking part in the children's cooking competition when the assault began. she cradled a small boy she didn't know as he died in her arms. >> and a mark of respect for the ones who died there, i would not be able to walk in there. i think it's really sad that it's opening up as a shopping mall. i would have been happy if it had opened up as a memorial site. >> reporter: this was the interior of westgate four months after the attack. it's hard to find any visible remnants of the massacre that took place inside the shopping
mall but while the walls have been rebuilt and painted and the shattered glass replaced many kenyans are still asking just how this attack could have taken place, who carried it out, and what happened to the killers. >> it bothers me for the families the people that were lost there also and also for me to feel safe in this country, yeah. that our questions are not answered or nothing's been brought to surface. >> reporter: this survivor asks not to be identified because she's afraid of speaking out. >> personally i'm not going back for reasons being i was there, i experienced it. >> reporter: she was having lunch when a hand grenade rolled towards her table, killing her waitress. >> she died right in front of me and she, like took her last breath and i was there and experienced it. >> it was there. >> reporter: elijah works at the same jewelry store, determined to return to work at westgate. >> if we don't go back or if we give up these people they
think that we are weak or we are cowards. but life has to go on. we have to show them that we have courage. the gunmen were here in the cooking competition. >> reporter: others hid here for three hours watching gunmen pump bullets, mostly into women and children. although they differ on whether westgate should open up or not, all three agree they're survivors, not victims. one thing that has changed significantly, natalie, is the security outside westgate mall. they have metal detectors, luggage scanners sniffer dogs as well as machines actually that will specifically sniff out explosives we're told. about $2 million spent in total on security. back to you. >> that will hopefully make people feel better especially the people that work there as well. robyn kriel for us. thank you, robyn, live from
nairobi. iran's supreme leader says his country's newly brokered nuclear deal will not change the situation with the u.s. during his traditional speech marking the end of ramadan, ayatollah ayatollah khomeini said the draft of the deal must go through a legal process before being approved. the supreme leader declared that iran does not want war, but if there were one, the united states would be humiliated. >> translator: our policies will not change vis-a-vis the arrogant government of the united states at all. >> translator: death to america, death to great britain, death to israel death to the hypocrites the hypocrites meaning the mek and finally, death to israel. >> translator: as we have
repeated multiple times, with the united states we have no talks vis-a-vis regional issues. >> cha maiani also said iran will continue to support syria and other allies, whether the nuclear deal is approved or not. we have now learned that just three weeks before joaquin guzman escaped from a maximum security prison in mexico the united states had issued a request for the notorious drug lord's extradition. mexico's interior minister says it is likely prison workers helped the man known as el chapo get away. but as polo sandoval reports, relatives of prison employees don't agree that their family members took part in his escape. >> reporter: mexico's most wanted man seems to have vanished into thin air. experts think joaquin "el chapo" guzman is relying on his unique
skill sets to elude authorities with nearly a week on the run. the sinaloa cartel boss is ruthless and cruel, but he is also extremely street smart and cunning, according to annabel hernandez. >> this guy is a terrible criminal a very primitive man that hurt women when a women doesn't deserve his favors that can kill women and man. this man is very bad. >> reporter: hernandez is a journalist and expert on the cartel problem plaguing her country. she lives with death threats that come with reporting and writing about guzman a man whose power did not diminish behind prison walls. >> he organize a hunger strike inside the jail. more than 900 prisoners. so with 900 prisoners on your side you're able to do anything! >> reporter: hernandez believes el chapo threatened and bribed prison officials facilitating his escape.
families of some at the prison defend their loved ones saying they would never help the inmates. a woman who won't tell me her name out of fear of safety says she hopes security measures at the prison would keep her loved ones safe. she says her relative risked his life every time he went to work. the prison houses cartel heads and killers. several prison employees have been arrested. federal prosecutors now want to talk to people they believe visited guzman during his imprisonment. a state senator from sinaloa is one of them. sanchez did not respond to cnn's relates to comment but she's taken to social media denying claims she knows guzman, let alone visited him in prison. she's not the only mexican official snared in a cloud of controversy and says sadly, corruption is part of the fabric of her country. >> el chapo didn't create the corruption. the corruption created chapo. the corruption are the mothers, the parents of el chapo.
el chapo is just the best example how bad that things are in mexico. >> reporter: el chapo's escape could carry serious political implications for the presidency of the administration. they are being overshadowed by the escape of el chapo. despite the humiliation, neeto says he will be captured. >> translator: i'm fully confident of the courage, bravery and determination of our armed forces and the police of the federal order to catch him just as we did last year. >> nieto has faith and trust in his government. many in mexico don't feel the same way. there is plenty of frustration here on the streets of mexico. so many people here are asking why their government didn't do more to make sure that guzman stayed behind bars. in fact we're now learning that the latest request for extradition to the united states came just two weeks before guzman crawled into that tunnel and made that very daring escape.
polo sandoval cnn, mexico city. the greek bailout clears a crucial hurdle. on friday germany's parliament voted to pursue a third financial rescue deal with greece, that is despite politicians in the chancellor's own party saying german taxpayers should not be forced to send greece any more money. angela merkel warned it would be irresponsible not to assist greece. >> translator: the alternative to this agreement would not be an orderly time-out from the eurozone but predictable chaos. >> greek's prime minister meantime sacked members of his party for rebelling against that crucial bailout vote. the energy minister and two deputy ministers lost their jobs. what led a man who friends knew as a happy and smiling person to gun down four marines? coming up what authorities are looking into as possible motives for the attack at two u.s.
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welcome back. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen. the latest on our top stories now. three of the four marines shot and killed in the u.s. state of tennessee had served combat missions overseas before dying in their home country. officials have now identified those men as thomas sullivan skip wells, david wyatt and carson holmquist. tennessee's governor said each of them served their country well and the state is
heartbroken. seven workers at a maximum security prison in mexico have now been charged in connection with the escape of the notorious drug lord el chapo. mexico's interior minister says it took 18 minutes for guards to arrive at joaquin guzman's cell after they lost sight of him on surveillance video. more than 200 people were injured when a commuter train slammed into the back of another near johannesburg. the force of the collision caused one of the trains to derail. at least 100 people have already been released from local hospitals. thankfully no one was killed in that. convicted boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev has been moved to the supermax prison in colorado. the facility is considered the most secure prison in the u.s. and most inmates spend 23 hours a day in isolation. tsarnaev may spend years there while appealing his death sentence.
well authorities in tennessee are looking at every avenue to determine what led to thursday's attack in tennessee. mohammad abdulazeez is accused of shooting up two military facilities in chattanooga. he first fired at a recruitment center then drove just a few minutes to a navy operations center where he killed four marines. investigators say he had three guns on him and had every intent to kill police officers had they not killed him first. >> there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that chattanooga police officers prevented loss of life yesterday. chattanooga police officers proved themselves in every sense of the word heroes. they are my heroes. i have never been prouder to be a police officer than i was yesterday and today. i am extremely proud to be a chattanooga police officer.
>> abdulazeez reportedly traveled to the middle east a few times over the past five years. a friend says the trips changed him and that he became more distant. federal authorities are now looking into 70 pieces of information they've gotten in so far. well many people who knew the suspect say they do not know his motives. authorities are still working on that as well. over the past day, we have learned a lot more about mohammad abdulazeez. here's cnn's drew griffin. [ shots ] >> reporter: now an official terror investigation, officials scouring every detail of mohammad youssuf abdulazeez's life focusing on the 24-year-old's time in the middle east where he may have become radicalized. >> we have asked our intelligence partners throughout the world to provide us with any information they may have concerning his travel. >> reporter: starting in 2005 he traveled to both kuwait and
jordan. the "wall street journal" reports he took several trips to jordan more recently spending as much as seven months in the country. a friend told cnn, "something happened over there. he never became close to me like he was before he went overseas." the friend goes on to say, "i'm sure he had something that happened to him overseas." in school in tennessee, the kid described as funny and friendly took on two tough sports mixed martial arts and wrestling. in his red bank high school yearbook he asked an intriguing question -- "my name causes national security alerts. what does yours do?" in fact, his father was a subject of a post-9/11 fbi probe into donations his father made to overseas charities, but the elder abdulazeez was never charged with any crime. in 2009 there was trouble in the family. abdulazeez's mother filed for divorce. in court papers she charged her husband was physically abusive, both to her and her children. the case was dismissed. we believe they are still together. friends say abdulazeez started
going to this mosque more frequently in recent months. three months ago, he began working here at a cable and wire plant near nashville, tennessee. about the same time he had his only known brush with the law, arrested on a dui charge. the police report noted erratic driving, slurred speech the smell of marijuana and white powder under his nose. co-workers say abdulazeez did not show up for work on monday and tuesday, calling out sick. also on monday just three days before the shooting this ominous statement, allegedly posted by abdulazeez. "brothers and sisters," he wrote, "this life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to allah may pass you by." still, a high school friend expressed the shock that most everyone we spoke to seems to share. >> how can it be mohammad? he wouldn't hurt a fly, but he killed people. >> reporter: drew griffin, cnn, chattanooga. >> we want to take a closer look
now at the psychology of how and why killers or terrorists act the way they do. eric fisher is a licensed psychologist here in atlanta. thank you so much for coming in eric to talk to us about this. because we just heard that his friends in high school just can't believe, something happened since high school when he was described as funny, smart, very well liked, never bullied. and to look at that picture of him, he just had a demeanor that said he just he was happy. >> right. >> so but something happened. and we also know that he did travel to the middle east. so there was a trigger point somewhere. >> well i think what we have to look at too, is we're focusing a lot on islam, and this is not an issue directly connected to islam. this is a human issue about how we shift our beliefs, how our behaviors change and how we basically become filled with hate. because even in these situations here you have an idea whether you look at political ideation if we look at how hitler changed a whole country of people in ways to
turn them and start to hate the outside world. you have an issue where you've created people an us versus them mentality and belief. and that's often what happens when you see a radicalization of an individual whether it's religious or whether it's political or whether it's nationalistic. you know we have to look and say how do we create that in versus out group, okay? here you have him potentially having grown up in an abusive situation. if he was made to comply in other words, compliance don't show what happens inside of our house -- >> and let's point out his mother filed for divorce, alleging severe domestic violence against her and her children. >> right, right. and if you see that and grew up in that environment, you start to become threatened by things and you start to then also believe that certain things are also okay. so if he sees that here's this environment that i grew up in where i have to be compliant, and then i become part of a belief system that demands compliance and i need acceptance from allah, i needed acceptance
from my dad, then potentially, it allows your moral values to be eroded to start to believe that violence or outbursts of causing pain or physical harm is okay and acceptable. >> it's not something that's new, for sure. >> no it's not. >> we've had mass killings in this country, and it's always something, some thinking that's gone awry or mental illness, for sure. >> well and that's the irony, is when the shooting happened in south carolina last week -- or last month -- we called that individual mental ill, mental illness. and there was a great article on mental illness, how white people tend to be called mentally ill, african-americans are called thugs, and islamic people are called extremists or radicalized. and i think we have to look at our social belief systems about how we characterize those people. to me anybody who commits a crime like this has some form of mental illness. hatred can feed a mental illness in my deeper belief systems. now, do we want to use it as a
defense to get them off? no but sometimes it's an explanation. and here you have somebody who may have sought an outlet for their internal rage through their mma fighting -- >> right. >> -- that once they engaged in that he was pulled right out of it by his parents. who knows what happened when his parents got him home after that. you also have somebody who was caught for dui. well if you look at the history of osama bin laden and many of his cohorts, they lived the excesses of a western life and then turned their own guilt and shame about losing their connection with allah against the western culture. i wonder if he kind of did the same thing and said this western culture is -- >> must be stopped, yeah. >> exactly. so they blame the culture for something that's a known inner struggle. and that's what i often teach people in the work i do is we have to look at ourselves and how the outside world's reflection of our inner turmoil, rather than blame the outside world, look at how we can take responsibility for ourselves and our own actions. >> fascinating things to think
about, the psychology behind all of this. dr. erik fisher thank you so much. very interesting. lots to think about there. well nheme tennessee and across the u.s. are mourning these four men. they were fathers, they were sons killed in this rampage. one of those marines was just 21. another already a purple heart recipient twice. we learn more about the men from alexandra field. >> reporter: gunnery sergeant thomas sullivan earned two purple hearts fighting the war in iraq. a son of massachusetts saluted today in the city of springfield with flags lowered to half-staff half-staff. >> my heart just went down to my toes because i said my god! and i suppose when things hit home close to this area it affects you a lot deeper. >> reporter: "he was our hero. he will never be forgotten. thank you, tommy, for protecting us," a loved one wrote on facebook. from massachusetts governor charlie baker -- "terror comes home to massachusetts. god bless tom sullivan and his family and his friends."
sullivan's last day of duty spent in chattanooga, tennessee, at the naval marine reserve center. his marine brothers by his side. search sergeant carson holmquist, a decorated marine from wisconsin, served two tours of duty in afghanistan before he was killed here at home. he leaves behind a wife and son. the youngest victim 21-year-old lance corporal skip wells, graduated three years ago from high school in marietta georgia. service was in his family. >> i mean, he loved his country. you know his mama his mama served in the military. i believe she was a marine also. so, i figured he just wanted to follow in her footsteps. i know he was in rotc in high school. he loved that you know. i just think, you know that's just a calling that he had. >> reporter: wells recently took a trip to disney world with his mom. she says, "my son died doing what he loved for the love of his country and his family."
a decorated, 11-year veteran who served multiple tours, staff sergeant david wyatt is pictured with his two children. "there's no sleep tonight," someone writes. wyatt was from arkansas but he lived in chattanooga, where they're honoring the fallen and the families left behind. well one year after malaysia airlines flight 17 was shot down several nations from australia to ukraine took time to remember the victims of the tragedy and we'll share that with you in just a moment. plus a promising, young formula 1 driver has died after that terrible crash last year during the japanese grand prix that occurred during a typhoon. welcome to fort green sheets. welcome to castle bravestorm. it's full of cool stuff, like my second in command... and my trusty bow. and free of stuff i don't like. and in my castle we only eat chex cereal. chex cereal.
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eastern ukraine. mourners in kiev laid flowers on the steps of the netherlands embassy. flowers and paper planes were also left outside the dutch embassy in moscow. and in the netherlands, an emotional tribute from the victims' families and friends. most of the 298 people killed in the disaster were netherlands citizens. a final report on the crash investigation is due in october. well formula 1 driver jules bianchi has died. a family statement says the 25-year-old died in a hospital in nice earlier today, where he had been for several months. bianchi was admitted there after suffering a severe head injury during the japanese grand prix last october. he lost control of his car on the wet track and crashed into a recovery vehicle as a typhoon bore down on japan. we want to bring in our meteorologist, derek van dam, to tell us more about the
conditions that day, because derek and i both remember being on the air. derek was new to cnn and he was talking about the conditions saying that you were surprised that they were going on with this race. >> yeah we did. we had a meeting with a meteorologist here in the department and talked about how dangerous it was to hold a formula 1 race when there was an impending typhoon that was set to bear down. just to put this into perspective, october 6th 3:00 a.m. local time is when the typhoon, typhoon pen-phon made landfall. the race was at 5:00 p.m. in the evening. and you can see some of the visuals coming out of that area. it was extremely, extremely wet, and obviously, very very windy, and that could only impact the track as it raced around suzuka, japan, and it did. and in fact it led ultimately to a fatality now. and the fia, the international automobile federation is this
ten-person accident panel that they've put together to review the evidence behind the crash. they never directly attributed the rain as a factor to the crash and the ultimate death of bianchi, but they did acknowledge that the track was overtly wet and there were drainage problems on the track itself. >> did they say anything about whether they should have held the race? >> well i think if it was a matter of opinion for myself, if i was able to make that call i would have said no. i would have probably not held that race but they did learn some good lessons out of this. checking the drainage for tracks of future f-1 races and also getting the highest technology before each f-1 season with tires for the vehicles so they have the greatest performance on wet conditions. >> very sad that someone lost their life on that day, but just 25 years old. >> yeah. >> jules bianchi. thank you, derek. well today is nelson mandela international day, a chance to commemorate the man people everywhere revere. coming up here a renowned
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