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Seven Japanese tourists missing in Indonesia

Published on Feb 15, 2014 9:55 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - Seven Japanese women are still missing despite two days of searches after they disappeared on a scuba diving trip in waters off the Indonesian island of Bali, police and reports said Saturday.

The group disappeared while diving near Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, small islands close to the southeast coast of the popular resort isle, Bali police spokesman Hariadi, who goes by one name, told AFP.

The seven - five tourists and two instructors - left Bali on Friday morning after renting a boat from the beach town of Sanur, Kyodo news agency reported.

Local police chief Nyoman Suarsika explained that the group began an afternoon dive in Nusa Penida's Crystal Bay mangrove area and appear never to have surfaced, the report said.

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