Asia Briefs: US, Philippines in joint counter-terrorism drills

US, Philippines in joint counter-terrorism drills

MANILA • US and Philippine troops launched new joint counter-terrorism exercises yesterday, days after President Rodrigo Duterte, a fierce critic of Washington, reversed course in favour of pursuing one of Asia's oldest military alliances.

The week-long joint operation - another turnaround from Mr Duterte's initial stand - involves live-fire training, rescues in combat situations and mass-casualty situations aboard ships, according to the American side.


Kashmir crossfire kills two children

SRINAGAR (Kashmir) • Two children were killed yesterday in an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir, the Indian authorities said.

Twelve more civilians, including two women, were wounded on the Indian side of the heavily-militarised Line of Control that divides the restive Himalayan region. A police statement said firing from Pakistan had killed a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl.


Two more Malaysian sailors allegedly abused

IPOH (Perak) • Two more Malaysian navy men have been allegedly abused in a detention room at a training facility in Perak state, and are now receiving treatment in hospital.

This followed last week's death of two navy men at the same location in the navy town of Sitiawan, with post-mortem reports showing signs of abuse and injuries on their bodies.

Perak police chief Hasnan Hassan said that in the new case, the two sailors, both in their 30s, sustained similar injuries suffered by the duo who died last week. Police have arrested five men for investigations.


Three hurt in wild boar rampage in Japan

TOKYO • A wild boar spread havoc in a peaceful residential area in southern Japan, upending a man in a wheelchair, biting two pensioners and smashing into a motorbike and a car, police said.

At least three people were injured in Sunday's rampage in Sasebo city before the boar, measuring 1.2m, was stopped by a man wielding a golf club and, eventually, police shooters.

During the wild animal's eight-hour reign of terror, it charged at a motorbike, attacked a 59-year-old man in a wheelchair and bit an 89-year-old woman on her left thumb and arm, said Sasebo police official Yasutaka Urago.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe