Sock thief strikes again
A high-school girl who was tackled by a sock-stealing thief is the latest victim in a series of similar attacks against teenaged targets, police said on Friday. The 16-year-old was walking in an eastern Tokyo suburb on Thursday when she was attacked by a man who ripped a sock off her left foot and fled. At least four other high-school girls in the same neighborhood have been victims of “socklifters” since September, police said. The latest victim was not injured by the thief, who appeared to be in his thirties or forties. It remained unclear if the same man was responsible for all the incidents.
Authorities have arrested a legislator found to have four wives. A district official in the northern province of Shanxi said Li Junwen (李俊文) also had 10 children, and was detained on suspicion of document forgery. Bigamy is a criminal offense in China, and rules restrict most couples to just one child. Another 14 people were sacked, warned or demoted over the case, said an official reached by phone. The 43-year-old Li was an appointed representative in Xiaodian District in the provincial capital of Taiyuan and the Communist Party head of the village of Xiquan. The case has been featured in state media as part of an anti-corruption drive.
Endangered elephant dead
Police said an endangered Sumatran elephant has been found dead at a rubber plantation, apparently poisoned by poachers. It is the 17th elephant found dead on the island of Sumatra since March. First Lieutenant Simson Purba of the local police said the plantation owner found the male elephant dying in East Aceh District on Friday. Purba said the animal was dead by the time authorities arrived. It was about five years old and its left tusk had been stolen. Police are investigating the death. Fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants are left in the wild. Environmentalists say they could be extinct within three decades unless they are protected.
Suspected terrorist killed
Police have killed a suspected Malaysian terrorist who was allegedly planning a bomb attack in one of the largest cities in the south of the country. Davao City Police Senior Superintendent Ronald de la Rosa said the suspect, identified as Mod Noor Fikrie Bin Abud Kahar, was shot by police on Friday following a scuffle inside a hotel where he and his Filipino wife were staying. De la Rosa said that as the couple were leaving, officers tried to seize the man, but he threatened to detonate a bomb that was inside a bag his wife was carrying. He said the man grabbed the bag, but was then shot. The bomb was subsequently defused.
North Koreans detained
A coast guard official said a fishing boat carrying three North Koreans has drifted south of the eastern maritime boundary. The boat was found on Thursday evening near the South Korean island of Ulleung after drifting for weeks due to engine failure. The North Koreans have expressed their desire to return home, the official, who declined to be named, said. The National Intelligence Service declined to comment. North Korean boats occasionally drift south of the maritime border. Some North Koreans ask to return home, but some choose to defect. Citizens of the two countries cannot travel freely across the border. The countries remain divided after the Korean War ended in a truce in 1953.