Church bomber was wanted
Police say DNA tests have confirmed the man who blew himself up in a church over the weekend was wanted for plotting an earlier suicide bombing. National Police spokesman Major General Anton Bachrul Alam said that Pino Damayanto, who had the alias Achmad Yosepa Hayat, strapped a bomb to his stomach. He then walked into a church in the Central Java town of Solo and blew himself up. He died instantly. Police said yesterday that 22 people were wounded. Hayat was wanted for allegedly helping plot an April suicide bombing in the West Java town of Cirebon that injured 30 police officers praying in a mosque.
Girl dies in exorcism
A 13-year-old girl suffocated after she was strapped down and doused with water by her father and a monk who were trying to expel an “evil spirit,” Japanese police and media reports said yesterday. The two men, 56-year-old monk Kazuaki Kinoshita and the girl’s 50-year-old father, Atsushi Maishigi, were arrested on charges of inflicting injury resulting in the death of Tomomi Maishigi in Kumamoto in the country’s south. “The two are suspected of having conspired in what they call ‘waterfall service’ ... They allegedly strapped the victim to a chair with belts and doused her face with water,” on the night of Aug. 27, a local police spokesman said. She was confirmed dead early the next day when her mother called an ambulance after the girl fell unconscious. “The cause of death is suffocation,” the police official said.
Government won’t sell rice
Thailand’s government has canceled the sale of 300,000 tonnes of rice to Indonesia agreed under the previous administration that left office last month, although Indonesia’s state procurement body said yesterday it had not been informed. “The Public Warehouse Organization signed an MOU in the middle of August, which would have become effective when the minister signed the deal, but I didn’t sign,” Thai Commerce Minister Kittirat Na Ranong said, referring to the body that looks after government stockpiles. “The price does not match the price the government will guarantee farmers, so that deal won’t happen, and we expect Indonesia will understand,” he added.
Militant attack kills six
Muslim militants attacked a remote village on a strife-torn island in the south yesterday and killed six people, the army said. One soldier, a pro-government militiaman and four residents of the isolated village on Basilan Island died in the raid, which was carried out by the Abu Sayyaf group, local military chief Colonel Alex Macario said. “They harassed the community and our forces reacted to protect the civilians and there was fighting. Unfortunately, we had casualties,” Macario said.
Crash kills 31 children
At least 31 children and four adults were killed when a bus crashed on the motorway southeast of Islamabad, officials said yesterday. The bus, which was ferrying private school pupils back from a picnic, came off the road and fell into a ravine in Punjab Province on Monday. “Thirty-five people, including 31 children and four adults, have been killed in the accident,” said Naseem Sadiq, a senior administration official in the district of Faisalabad. “The driver, his helper, vice principal and a teacher of the school were also among the dead,” he said.