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KUWAIT CITY---Kuwait s
public prosecutor has issued
a gag order to media on infor-
mation related to a police raid
that uncovered a large cache
of arms, ammunition and
explosives hidden deep under-
ground at a farm.
The official Kuwait News
Agency says three Kuwaitis, all
members of a terrorist cell, were
arrested during the raid on the
farmhouse and three other
houses. Police say they found
204 hand grenades, 65 guns,
56 rocket-propelled grenades
and 317 pounds (144 kilograms)
of bomb-making material.
Local newspapers quoting
unnamed security officials
linked the cell to Iran s Revo-
lutionary Guard and Lebanon s
Shiite Hezbollah group.
Public Prosecutor Dherar al-
Asousi was quoted in the official
Kuwait News Agency saying
yesterday that he ordered the
media blackout because spec-
ulative reports "harm" national
unity and could "negatively
impact" the investigation. (AP)
Kuwait issues gag order after raid on suspected terror cell
JAKARTA---An airliner carrying 54 people
went missing yesterday during a short
flight in bad weather in Indonesia s moun-
tainous easternmost province of Papua,
and rescuers were heading to an area where
villagers reported seeing a plane crash into
a mountain, officials said.
The Trigana Air Service plane was flying
from Papua s provincial capital, Jayapura,
to the Papua city of Oksibil when it lost
contact with Oksibil s airport, said Trans-
portation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata.
There was no indication that the pilot had
made a distress call, he said.
The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane
was carrying 49 passengers and five crew
members on the scheduled 42-minute jour-
ney, Barata said. Five children, including
two infants, were among the passengers.
Local media reports said all the passengers
are Indonesians. The airline did not imme-
diately release a passenger manifest.
Oksibil, which is about 280 kilometres
(175 miles) south of Jayapura, was experi-
encing heavy rain, strong winds and fog
when the plane lost contact with the airport
minutes before it was scheduled to land,
said Susanto, the head of Papua s search
and rescue agency.
Residents of Okbape village in Papua s
Bintang district told local police that they
saw a plane flying low before crashing into
a mountain, said Susanto, who like many
Indonesians goes by one name. He said
about 150 rescuers were heading to the
remote area, which is known for its dense
forest and steep cliffs, and would begin
searching for the plane early today.
Okbape is about 24 kilometers (15 miles)
west of Oksibil.
At a news conference last night at the
transport ministry in Jakarta, officials said
they would not have any details on the vil-
lagers report until rescuers reach the area.
"We are now working closely with the
National Search and Rescue Agency to find
the plane," said Transport Minister Ignasius
A plane was sent yesterday to look for
the missing airliner, but the search was sus-
pended due to darkness and limited visibility
and will resume this morning, Susanto said.
Much of Papua is covered with impen-
etrable jungles and mountains. Some planes
that have crashed there in the past have
never been found.
Dudi Sudibyo, an aviation analyst, said
that Papua is a particularly dangerous place
to fly because of its mountainous terrain
and rapidly changing weather patterns. "I
can say that a pilot who is capable of flying
there will be able to fly an aircraft in any
part of the world," he said.
That disaster was one of five suffered by
Asian carriers in a 12-month span, including
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went
missing in March 2014 with 239 people
aboard during a flight from Kuala Lumpur
to Beijing. (AP)
KINGSTON---Jamaican narcotics agents have
seized a load of marijuana found hidden in two
shipping containers at wharves in the Caribbean
island s capital.
In a statement yesterday, Jamaican police say
investigators found 10 duffel bags stuffed with
over 1,000 pounds of compressed marijuana in
a shipping container destined for Suriname.
Another container destined for the Netherlands
had nearly 75 pounds of pot. No arrests were
Jamaica is believed to be the Caribbean s largest
producer and exporter of marijuana. Plants are
grown mostly on the sides of mountains, swampy
areas or hidden among other crops. Drug law
amendments earlier this year partially decrim-
inalised the possession of small amounts of mar-
ijuana in Jamaica. But authorities have not softened
their stance on transnational drug trafficking or
cultivation of illegal marijuana plots. (AP)
54 feared dead in
Indonesia plane crash Jamaica police seize
over 1,000 pounds
of ganja at seaport
A woman shouts anti-government slogans as she
holds a Brazilian national flag during a protest
demanding the impeachment of Brazil's President
Dilma Rousseff in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday,
as demonstrators took to the streets across Brazil
for a day of nationwide anti-government protest.
AP PHOTO See Page A40
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