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Lion Air passenger plane crashes into sea in Indonesia

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JAKARTA — A Lion Air passenger flight carrying 188 passengers has crashed into the sea on Monday after taking off from the capital Jakarta, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said.

The plane was heading to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra when it lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), 13 minutes after takeoff, Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said.

“It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” the spokesman told Reuters, adding a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the aircraft falling.

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The transport ministry said there were 188 passengers and crew aboard the plane, which was believed to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8.

“The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants,” Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said.

“The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar,” he added.

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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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