Asia Briefs: Drug seizures in Rakhine state

Drug seizures in Rakhine state

YANGON • Police in Myanmar seized more than US$5 million (S$6.8 million) worth of methamphetamine pills in Rakhine state this month, an officer said yesterday.

Millions of the caffeine-laced meth tablets were found in Maungdaw district, the centre of an army-led crackdown that has driven more than half a million Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border into Bangladesh in just two months.


Man kills co-worker with 15kg barbell

MANILA • A drunken argument reportedly led a construction worker in the Philippines to crack the head of a co-worker with a 15kg concrete barbell.

During the argument, which police in Caloocan City said stemmed from a game of arm-wrestling, worker Allan Besana allegedly picked up an improvised barbell and hit Mr Dominador Bagasala Dizon at least three times in the head.

Mr Dizon was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Besana remains at large.


Man held for pushing woman onto tracks

HONG KONG • A 56-year-old man was arrested in Hong Kong for allegedly shoving a cleaner onto the train tracks.

The incident happened around 10.30am on Saturday in Yuen Long town and was captured on CCTV, according to the South China Morning Post. No train was approaching at that time.

Police arrested the suspect near the terminal and said the cleaner suffered injuries to her jaw and was sent to hospital for treatment.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe