Asia Briefs: Taiwan boat capsizes, 9 missing

Taiwan boat capsizes, 9 missing

TAIPEI • A Taiwanese fishing boat capsized off the island's north coast yesterday morning after colliding with a gravel ship, leaving all nine fishermen on board missing, officials said.

Six coast guard vessels and a team of rescue divers have been dispatched to the scene of the crash to search for the missing crew members, comprising a Taiwanese skipper, four Chinese fishermen and four others from Indonesia.

According to the authorities, the accident happened when the fishing vessel Shih Hui 31 was sailing off Chuwei, a port near Taoyuan city, and collided with the 8,000-ton gravel ship.


5 'rebels' killed near Kashmir border

SRINAGAR ( India) • Indian soldiers shot dead five suspected rebels yesterday near the heavily militarised border in Kashmir as they tried to sneak in from the Pakistani side of the divided territory, an army spokesman said.

The spokesman said the armed men were intercepted by Indian soldiers when they crossed the Line of Control in Gurez, about 130km north of the main city of Srinagar.


Student killed, 32 hurt by bus bomb

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Philippines) • A female student was killed while 32 others were injured when an improvised bomb exploded yesterday afternoon inside a bus in a downtown terminal in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga, police officials said.

Police commander Diomarie Albarico said the bomb exploded after most of the passengers had already disembarked from the bus.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.


Kim Jong Un visited flood-hit city

SEOUL • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared himself free from "all cares and worries" after inspecting a city inundated by flash floods that killed 40 people and damaged thousands of homes.

State media reported yesterday that Mr Kim had undertaken a tour of Rason after suffering sleepless nights worrying about the residents

of the north-eastern special economic zone where the borders of North Korea, Russia and China converge. Korean Central News Agency did not give the date of the visit.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Taiwan boat capsizes, 9 missing'. Print Edition | Subscribe