Yemeni Halloween party ‘suicide bomber’ fined in Malaysia

A person in costume waits at a barricade with police officers for the New York City Halloween parade in New York City, NY, US on October 31, 2017. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 17 November 2017
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Yemeni Halloween party ‘suicide bomber’ fined in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A Yemeni man who dressed as a hooded suicide bomber for a Halloween party has been fined in Malaysia for causing a public nuisance, his lawyer said Friday.
Amjad Jalal Ahmed Al-Dahan wore a fake beard and a cardboard belt with two empty water bottles taped to it.
He also had on a white robe with a scarf wrapped around his head at the party in an apartment complex in Petaling Jaya, a city next to Kuala Lumpur.
Al-Dahan, 34, pleaded guilty and was fined 400 ringgit ($100), the maximum fine for the offense, his lawyer Saraswathy Devi told AFP.
Largely Muslim Malaysia has arrested hundreds of suspected militants in recent years, including several people connected to the Abu Sayyaf group operating in the southern Philippines.
Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia have been on alert after Filipino militants backed by foreign fighters and waving the black Islamic State (IS) group flag seized the southern Philippine city of Marawi in May.
The Philippine government and security analysts said the attack on Marawi is part of an IS plan to establish a caliphate in Southeast Asia.


Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy. (goldengloberace)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

  • The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy

PARIS: The organizers of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race said Saturday they were scrambling to rescue missing Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, but admitted he was “as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy’s yacht Thuriya had its mast broken off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he called “a severe back injury.”
The organizers described him as “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” and his yacht is 2,000 miles (3,704 kilometers) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.
On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: “Extremely difficult to walk, Might need stretcher, can’t walk, thanks safe inside the boat... Sat phone down.”
The organizers said on the race website: “The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian navy, is able to communicate using a YB3 texting unit but his primary satellite phone is damaged.
He has a second satellite phone and a handheld VHF radio packed in an emergency bag, but organizers said he was unable to reach it for the moment.
The organizers said they had urged him to try to get to the bag because it could be crucial in making contact with a plane from Australia and an Indian air force plane which might be able to fly over the area.
Given the distance from land, the planes will not be able to spend long in the area, the organizers added.
A French fishing boat was also heading to the scene “but may not arrive for a few days.”
The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communication equipment.
Tomy’s own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhail, winner of the first Golden Globe Race.