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German Woman Killed in Bali Boat Explosion, about 20 Injured

Thursday, 15 September 2016 05:40 AM

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A German woman was killed and about 20 other people were injured in an explosion on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the Indonesian tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok, police said Thursday.

Karangasem district police chief Sugeng Sudarso said the "Gili Cat 2" fast boat had about 40 people including crew on board. He said all the passengers have been evacuated and the injured are being treated at a local medical clinic.

The cause of the explosion was unclear. It occurred after smoke was seen billowing from the engine, Sudarso said.

Ferry accidents are common in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago made up of thousands of islands where regulation of boat services is often lax.

Sudarso said the explosion, which occurred when the boat was about 200 meters (220 yards) from the port of departure, shattered its rear windows and upended seating.

"We are still questioning the boat captain while a forensic team is examining the scene to find of cause of the explosion," he said.

"One of the passengers died from bad injuries after being hit by boat debris that also caused injuries to others," Sudarso said.

Aside from Germany, a manifest showed that passengers were from several other countries, including Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain.

This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of the district police chief's name to Sugeng Sudarso instead of Bambang Sudarso.

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A German woman was killed and about 20 other people were injured in an explosion on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the Indonesian tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok, police said Thursday.Karangasem district police chief Sugeng Sudarso said the "Gili Cat...
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