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Migrant boat sinks off Indonesian isle of Java

A rescue operation is under way after a boat carrying hundreds of asylum seekers sank off the Indonesian island of Java.

The boat was believed to be heading for Australia carrying asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Turkey and Iran.

At least 250 people were said to be on board, although some reports put the number nearer to 400. The BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports.

  • 18 Dec 2011
  • From the section Asia