World Briefs: MH370: 22 possible parts found so far

A large piece of debris found in Tanzania recently which has been confirmed as a part of a wing flap from missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet MH370.
A large piece of debris found in Tanzania recently which has been confirmed as a part of a wing flap from missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet MH370. PHOTO: AFP

MH370: 22 possible parts found so far

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said 22 pieces of debris believed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been found off the coast of South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius and Tanzania.

Two of the pieces have been confirmed to be part of the doomed plane while another four are "almost certain" to be its remains, said Datuk Seri Liow on Friday, according to Bernama news agency. Mr Liow said the debris could help investigators unravel what exactly happened to the missing aircraft, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.


Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage

MANILA • A Norwegian taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines nearly a year ago has been released, the online news site Rappler reported. Officials said hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad was freed on Friday.

In June, the Abu Sayyaf freed a Filipino hostage who had been abducted with Mr Sekkingstad and two Canadians - Mr Robert Hall and Mr John Ridsdel - from a resort on Samal island in Davao province. Mr Hall was executed in June, while Mr Ridsdel was beheaded in April.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 18, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe