Asia Briefs: Man hurt in molotov cocktail attack near KL

Man hurt in molotov cocktail attack near KL

PETALING JAYA • One man was injured yesterday when two molotov cocktails were thrown into an entertainment outlet in Kota Damansara, about 20km to the west of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur.

Petaling Jaya police chief Mohd Zani Che Din said they have ruled out terrorism as a motive in the afternoon attack at DK Club. A Bangladeshi worker was injured when he was hit on the head by one of the petrol bombs. Only one of the petrol bombs exploded.

Police say the incident is likely linked to an extortion bid.

Indian forces kill 2 rebel suspects in Kashmir

SRINAGAR • Government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir killed two suspected rebels in a gunbattle yesterday, police said, and a manhunt was on for more militants in the disputed Himalayan territory.

Soldiers and special counter-insurgency police forces surrounded an area in Sopore, 45km from the main city of Srinagar, after receiving a tip-off that armed militants were hiding there, triggering a firefight. A search was underway for others suspected of being holed up in the area.


HK broadcaster drops BBC World Service

HONG KONG • Public broadcaster RTHK dropped a 24-hour BBC World Service channel from its airwaves in Hong Kong yesterday, replacing it with state radio from China in what critics say is a sign of encroaching Chinese control in the former British colony.

Tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing's ruling Communist Party leaders have grown in recent years, especially over the "Occupy" civil disobedience movement in 2014 when tens of thousands of protesters blocked roads for over two months, demanding full democracy.

An RTHK spokesman said there would still be BBC World Service broadcasts, but only overnight from 11pm to 7am and occasionally on weekends.


Indonesia jails ex-judge for taking bribes

JAKARTA • A former Indonesian Constitutional Court judge was jailed for eight years yesterday for accepting bribes to influence court rulings, the state news agency Antara reported.

Patrialis Akbar, the second Constitutional Court judge to be convicted of corruption in three years, was also fined 300 million rupiah (S$31,000). Akbar was accused of accepting US$10,000 (S$13,600) in bribes and causing losses to the state. He denied wrongdoing but a lawyer representing him said he was not sure if Akbar would appeal against the sentence.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe