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■SRI LANKA

Air force strikes rebel area

Air force planes pounded a Tamil separatists’ arms storage and command center deep in the northern jungles yesterday, the military said. The air attacks were part of the government’s offensive to crush the Tamil Tigers and seize their de facto state in the north. In the latest assault, air force jets pounded the arms storage in the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu yesterday morning, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. An hour later jets also bombed a rebels’ command center near the front lines in the Jaffna Peninsula, he said. Nanayakkara said details of casualties and damage were not available immediately. With nearly all communications to the north severed, a rebel spokesman could not be contacted for comment.

■HONG KONG

Gold company boss arrested

Police have arrested the chairwoman of a listed company over the theft of US$23 million of gold bullion from the firm, a spokesman and reports said yesterday. Five employees of 3D-Gold Jewelery Holdings were arrested yesterday in connection with the theft from the company’s vault, a police spokesman said. One of the five was company chairwoman Jane Chan (陳吟揮), the 45-year-old widow of company founder Lam Sai-wing (林世榮), who died three weeks ago, the Standard newspaper reported. A company spokeswoman confirmed that five people had been arrested, but would not confirm that Chan was among them. Police said three men and two women had been arrested. “The five people, who were staff members of the company and aged from 45 to 68, were arrested for theft,” a police spokesman said.

■AUSTRALIA

Mormons stabbed in Sydney

Two Mormon missionaries were attacked and stabbed while returning to their apartment in a suburb of Sydney. In a statement, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Chris Collinsworth, 19, and David Ferguson, 21, “suffered multiple non-life threatening stab wounds in an unprovoked attack.” Both were hospitalized. A state police spokeswoman, who spoke on the police policy condition of anonymity said that Collinsworth and Fergunson were attacked by three unknown men, who made no demands of the two missionaries. Alisa Collinsworth said her son was stabbed in the back near his kidney. She said Ferguson had the tendons cut in his hand and needed surgery. Chris Collinsworth said he fought back, but told his parents that several men jumped on top of him. He got stabbed at some point during the “dog pile,” his mother said.

■NEW ZEALAND

Police find body

Police investigating the choking and beheading of a South Korean tourist five years ago have found a body, officers said yesterday. Jae Hyeon-kim was 25 when he disappeared while hitchhiking on the isolated west coast of South Island. Detective Inspector John Winter told reporters the body had been in a grave in scrub near the small settlement of Charleston on the scenic west coast, an area popular with tourists. He said the body would be taken to the South Island city of Christchurch for positive identification. Winter refused to reveal how detectives were able to locate the body after such a long time, but the development came after one of three men arrested in connection with the murder admitted the charge during a court appearance this week. Prosecutors alleged Kim was beheaded with a spade after being throttled in October 2003.

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