Asia Briefs: Eight killed in Malaysia four-vehicle crash

Eight killed in Malaysia four-vehicle crash

SEREMBAN • Eight people were killed, including six who were burned to death when their car burst into flames, in an accident involving four vehicles in Jempol yesterday.

Negeri Sembilan Fire and Rescue Department said the crash, which occurred at about 2.20pm, involved a trailer, a Perodua Myvi car, a Proton Exora multi-purpose vehicle and a Toyota Vios car.


Bangladesh police nab major terror suspect

DHAKA • Bangladesh police yesterday arrested a businessman accused of being a major figure in the Islamist group blamed for a cafe attack that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners.

Imran Ahmed, who runs a garment factory, and his driver were arrested in a raid just outside the capital Dhaka, the Rapid Action Battalion counter-terrorism force said.

Ahmed is also accused of helping a high-profile militant evade the authorities in the north-eastern city of Sylhet after the group allegedly staged twin bomb attacks there in March.


59 bodies found after Myanmar plane crash

YANGON • Search crews in Myanmar have now recovered the bodies of nearly half of those who died in last week's military plane crash, the army said yesterday.

Navy ships and fishing vessels have been battling strong monsoon swells to find victims, with the army saying they had recovered 59 by yesterday afternoon.

The aircraft was carrying 122 passengers when it plunged into the Andaman Sea on Wednesday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe