Asia Briefs: Hospital attack: Afghan army officers sacked

Hospital attack: Afghan army officers sacked

KABUL • Afghanistan yesterday sacked 12 army officers, including two generals, for negligence over an insurgent attack on the country's largest military hospital.

Gunmen disguised as doctors stormed Sardar Daud Khan hospital in Kabul last month, with insiders including two interns among the attackers. More than 100 people died.

The military head of intelligence and the official in charge of medical support were among those dismissed.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Toddler rescued from 15m-deep well in China

JINAN • A toddler who fell into a 15m-deep dry well in Shandong province, China, on Monday was rescued early yesterday.

The two-year-old boy was pulled out at 3.06am.

Rescuers could not go down the narrow well. Instead, they deployed dozens of excavators to dig a hole large enough to pull the child out using a specially designed shaft lift.

XINHUA


New opposition party formed in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR • Two opposition figures have set up a new political party in Malaysia, after recently abandoning former premier Mahathir Mohamad's Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Parti Bebas Rasuah (Corruption Free Party) will be led by Mr Ezam Mohd Noor, a former political secretary to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and Mr Khairuddin Abu Hassan, a former Umno leader.

The new party has applied to join four-party opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe