5 more Indonesian bodies wash ashore in Malaysia after boat tragedy

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KUALA LUMPUR: Five more bodies believed to be those of illegal Indonesian migrants were found in Malaysia on Wednesday following a boat tragedy, raising the death toll to 18, police said. Thirteen bodies were found on Tuesday after their boat capsized in rough seas off southern Johor state. The southern Johor state has a long coastline and shares a maritime border with Indonesia, making illegal entry easy into Malaysia, the third largest economy in Southeast Asia. Deadly accidents in the strait are not uncommon, with illegal migrants typically attempting the crossing in rickety vessels and often at night to avoid detection.

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