One killed in ship collision
One Chinese crewmember was killed and eight others were missing after two cargo ships collided at the mouth of Tokyo Bay yesterday, authorities said. The Panamanian-flagged Beagle III, a 12,630-tonne vessel carrying steel coil, sank after colliding with the South Korean-registered Pegasus Prime in the Uraga waterway. Twelve of the 20 Chinese crew aboard Beagle III were rescued, but one of them was later confirmed to be dead, an official said. The crew of the 7,406-tonne Pegasus Prime — six South Koreans and eight people from Myanmar — were mostly unhurt, but two Koreans sustained minor injuries when they tried to lower a lifeboat, the official said.
‘Secret baby graves’ probed
Police began digging up a rural property yesterday searching for what reports said were “multiple babies” in secret graves. Officers swooped on a house near Gin Gin, 370km northwest of Brisbane, after a tip-off that children were born in secret and their bodies hidden on the property by the same family in the 1990s and early 2000s. “I can confirm we are conducting investigations into information received regarding allegations a number of child births have been concealed on the property,” cold case homicide Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said. He would not say how many children might have been born and buried there, although the Brisbane Courier-Mail newspaper referred to “multiple babies in secret graves.” “There’s one family involved,” Dowie added, without saying whether they were cooperating with police.
Body found, possibly diver
A body believed to be that of a Japanese diver who went missing with six others off Bali a month ago has been found far from where she disappeared, police said on Monday. The body, thought to be that of diving instructor Shoko Takahashi, was found at the weekend on Sempu Island, East Java Province, about 400km from where the divers went missing. Five of the other female Japanese divers in the group were rescued days after they went missing on Feb. 14, while the body of a sixth washed up on the Indonesian resort island. The body found at the weekend was barely recognizable — the head was missing — but Takahashi’s husband believes it is her due to the clothes inside the diving suit, police said. “The husband, who came to the hospital last night, said he is 98 percent sure that the body belongs to his missing Japanese wife,” Malang marine police chief Slamet Prayitno said. The captain of the boat that took the divers out has been arrested and faces a charge of “negligence which caused the loss of life” after leaving the divers alone in the open seas during the trip.
Suspected militants killed
Police shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants in a raid near the Algerian border, a security official said on Monday, days after Algerian troops reportedly killed seven militants on the other side of the frontier. Clashes broke out on Monday morning when security forces raided a house in northwest Jendouba, the official said. Gunmen disguised as police had killed three officers and a civilian in an attack there last month. Authorities have been battling militants from the hardline Islamist movement Ansar al-Sharia, which the US earlier this year listed as a foreign terrorist organization. Algerian state news agency APS reported on Friday that Algerian troops had killed seven armed militants who crossed the border from Tunisia.