13 dead after Chinese boat, HK tanker collide

This file photo shows a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 06 October 2017
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13 dead after Chinese boat, HK tanker collide

TOKYO: The Japanese coast guard said Friday it had discovered a dozen bodies inside a Chinese fishing boat that capsized after a collision with a Hong Kong oil tanker off Japan’s western coast the previous day.
“Our divers found all the bodies of the missing 12 crew members inside the ship,” a coast guard official told AFP.
Japanese authorities later said one of four crew members who had been rescued from the fishing boat subsequently died, bringing the death toll to 13.
Thursday’s collision occurred 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
The Chinese vessel, the 290-ton “Lurong Yuanyu 378,” had 16 Chinese-national crew members in total.
The Hong Kong-flagged ship was identified as “Brightoil Lucky,” a 63,294-ton tanker carrying 21 crew members.
The tanker’s crew were believed to be safe.
Japan had deployed three patrol boats to search for the missing crew, after responding to a plea for help from their Chinese counterparts.


Twenty-five bodies found after army sweep in Mali

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Twenty-five bodies found after army sweep in Mali

  • The grim discovery was made after 25 people from the Fulani ethnic group, who are predominantly herders, were picked up last week by the army in the localities of Kobaka and Nantaka.
  • Central Mali is a vast area where the state is near-absent and extremists, blamed for exacerbating the dispute, roam with little constraint.

BAMAKO; Mali: Twenty-five bodies were found in central Mali after the army carried out a sweep in the unstable region, sources said on Monday, adding to concern about abuse by security forces in their fight against extremists.
An NGO called Kisal, which campaigns for the human rights of pastoral communities, said in a statement “25 bodies” had been found in three mass graves.
It provided a list of 18 names of people who, it said, had been killed.
The grim discovery was made after 25 people from the Fulani ethnic group, who are predominantly herders, were picked up last week by the army in the localities of Kobaka and Nantaka, Kisal said.
Separately, Oumar Diallo, a member of the Fulani association Tabital Pulaaku, said in the main regional town of Mopti that the first grave had seven bodies, the second held 13 and there were five others more in the third.
Central Mali is a vast area where the state is near-absent and extremists, blamed for exacerbating the dispute, roam with little constraint.
The armed forces are facing increasing accusations of arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killings in their fight against the insurgents.
A source at the defense ministry told AFP that an inquiry had been opened but denied “these accusations of summary executions.”
A ministry spokesman also denied there had been any abuse.
“The zone is dangerous,” he said, explaining “terrorists and unidentified armed men” had been in the area.
On May 19, the army said three Malian soldiers and 12 “terrorists” were killed in fighting at an army camp near the border with Burkina Faso. But locals alleged the dead were all civilians and the army later put out a new statement that spoke of 12 “people” killed.
A resident of Nantaka named Hama Kelly said that troops arrested every person they came across as soon as they arrived in the village.
“They took their mobile phones and identity cards. Afterwards, people who were (members of the) Songhai (ethnic group) were released but all the Fulani were kept behind,” Kelly said.
The governor of the Mopti region, General Sidi Alassane Toure, declined to make any comment when approached by AFP.
“An army unit is in the area, I am awaiting its return to find out the situation,” he said.
Tensions and violence have intensified in the Mopti area over the past three years, featuring clashes between Fulani herdsmen and sedentary farmers from other ethnic groups who accuse the pastoralists of colluding with extremists.
Extremists linked to Daesh took control of the desert north of Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.
The insurgents have morphed into nimbler formations operating in rural areas, sometimes winning over local populations by providing basic services and protection from bandits.