JAKARTA: Indonesian police have shot dead a man who attacked them with a homemade bomb and is suspected of being part of a terror network targeted in deadly raids last week, an official said. The man threw the pipe-bomb at a traffic police post in Tasikmalaya city, West Java province, late Monday but it failed to explode, said national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar. Two traffic policemen chased the suspect but he resisted arrest by attacking one of the officers with a machete and attempting to fire a homemade gun at them which failed to go off, he said. “Police then shot him dead,” Amar added.
Taipei to hold naval drill near Manila
TAIPEI: Taiwan stepped up pressure on Manila yesterday, saying it would conduct a naval drill in waters near the Philippines if Manila did not officially apologise for the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman. Taiwan has demanded the Philippines apologise by midnight over the killing of the 65-year-old fisherman by coastguards last week or face a potential freeze in sending workers to the island. The defence ministry said the military was prepared to conduct an exercise in the waters where Hung Shih-cheng of the 15-tonne Guang Ta Hsin 28 was shot last Thursday. Taiwan has also asked the Philippines to bring to justice the coastguards responsible and start negotiating a fisheries agreement.
N Korea should not expect rewards: US
SEOUL: US envoy on North Korea, Glyn Davies, said yesterday that Pyongyang should expect no reward for its apparent decision to cancel an expected missile launch at a time of elevated military tensions. “I don’t think we should any longer be in the business of treating the absence of bad behaviour as something that needs to be rewarded,” Davies said after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Lim Sung-Nam. A US defence official said last week that two North Korean missiles — primed for imminent test firing — had been moved from their launch site. US and South Korean officials had been worried that any test of the medium-range Musudan missiles would trigger a fresh surge in military tensions that escalated after the North’s nuclear test in February. Davies was in Seoul on the first leg of a three-nation tour to discuss the North Korea nuclear issue with officials in South Korea, Japan and China.
Japan seizes Taiwanese fishing boat
TOKYO: Japan yesterday seized a Taiwanese fishing boat inside its exclusive economic zone, the first incident since Tokyo and Taipei signed a fishing rights accord for disputed waters, the Fisheries Agency said. The Taiwanese fishing boat was spotted in waters near Taketomi island, part of Japan’s southern Okinawa chain, One of the agency’s patrol ships seized the boat and arrested the captain, it said. The incident occurred outside the waters that are at the centre of a three-way territorial tussle involving Taipei, Tokyo and Beijing for which Japan and Taiwan have agreed fishing rights.