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23 injured after lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

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HONOLULU — At least 23 people were injured after flying lava bomb crashed through the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii.

Passengers on another nearby tour boat captured the explosion and can be heard gasping and calling out ‘wow’ and ‘this is the big show’ as the eruption happened.

“Lightning in the plume this morning. Unbelievable! The ocean entry is raging this morning,” witness Ikaika Marzo wrote on Facebook.

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Authorities say a chunk of molten rock the size of a basketball was hurtled into the boat as it went on a lava tour off the coast of the Big Island.

According to the report, one woman was in serious condition with a fractured femur, while others suffered burns and gashes on their legs.

There were about 49 people found aboard a boat reportedly, however, the numbers are not confirmed.

The lava is from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which erupted in early May. An investigation into the matter is underway.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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