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Hundreds of designer handbags, jewelry and cash seized from ex-Malaysian PM’s condo

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KUALA LUMPUR — Police have seized 284 boxes containing designer handbags and 72 pieces of luggage containing cash in various currencies and a ‘rather big amount’ of jewellery from a private residence linked to former prime minister Najib Razak in Bukit Bintang on Friday morning.

The items seized were linked to investigations into the 1MDB scandal, police said.

In hours-long raid at the location by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department led by Datuk Seri Amar Singh, uniformed and plain-clothes officers were seen making trip after trip to load up the police trucks as media and onlookers watched.

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The raid began shortly after 7pm while another continued at the former prime minister’s mansion at Taman Duta where investigators are trying to drill into a 20-year-old safe that could not be unlocked.

Malaysia’s newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has barred Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, from leaving the country. At least six countries, including the United States, are investigating 1MDB.

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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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