Wikinews Shorts: May 5, 2012

A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, May 5, 2012.

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Dozens dead in the wake of Nigerian market attack

A cattle market in the Nigerian city of Potiskum was attacked by gunmen Wednesday evening, according to an unnamed government official. The official said the attack occurred after would-be robber was subdued by market traders who then set him on fire.

Allies of the burned man retaliated by throwing grenades and shooting randomly into the crowd, the official said. The exact death toll is uncertain but is reported by various groups as being between 30 and 60. The anonymous official — who said he was not authorized to speak with journalists — said the gunmen used a strategy that mirrored those of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.


Munch's The Scream sales for US$120 million in auction; sets record

The Scream artist Edvard Munch in 1912

One of the most recognized paintings in the world, The Scream, sold for US$120 million at auction at Sotheby's in New York City on Wednesday, making it the most expensive piece of art in the world.

The iconic painting was projected by experts to sell at auction for US$80 million, but an unknown buyer purchased the painting at US$119,922,500. Before the auction, Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust was the most expensive artwork sold after it went for US$106.5 million two years ago at auction.


Saturn V moon rocket damaged by bullets

The building housing the rocket

The Saturn V on display at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center was damaged by gunfire on Thursday. Nobody was injured. The shooter was suspected to be driving on Interstate 565.