Asia Briefs: 11 more bodies found in boat tragedy

11 more bodies found in boat tragedy

KUALA LUMPUR • The Malaysian authorities have found the bodies of 11 more Indonesian migrants, including a young girl, taking the toll from last week's boat tragedy to 61. The boat had left Selangor and was heading for Sumatra when it sank.

The 11 bodies were retrieved from the sea late on Sunday, said a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency official.

Thirty-seven of the victims were men while 23 were women. One was a three-year-old girl.

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Pakistan 'kills three militants with drone'

ISLAMABAD • Pakistan's military yesterday said it had for the first time deployed a locally-manufactured drone to kill three Islamic insurgents in its restive north-west region, in what one analyst termed a "significant development" for the country's defence capabilities.

Pakistan had in March announced the successful test flight of the Burraq drone, which is capable of firing laser-guided missiles, joining a few countries in possessing the technology.

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150 special police help ease Manila jam

MANILA • The Philippines deployed over a hundred special police to the capital's streets yesterday to ease a massive traffic problem said to be costing the country about US$53 million (S$75.5 million) a day. Police said 150 officers were assigned to six "chokepoints" along Metro Manila's 24km Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

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