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Eight Malaysian students drown in Muar river

Published on Feb 23, 2014 12:02 PM
Eight teenage friends drowned while swimming in Muar River in Segamat, Johor. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Eight schoolchildren drowned in the Muar river in Malaysia's southern Johor state, police said on Sunday, in what officials described as a "shocking" and rare tragedy.

The drownings occured on Friday after the boys, aged between 13 and 16 years, went jogging along the river bank in Segamat district, local police chief Mohamad Kamil Sukarmi told AFP.

Three bodies were retrieved on Friday while the remaining five were pulled out late Saturday, he added.

Describing the incident, Mohamed Kamil said one of the boys went for a swim in the river, close to where sand mining activities were being carried out, but got into difficulties.

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