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452 Rohingya Refugees Detained In Langkawi

December 30, 2012

A total of 452 Rohingyas who entered the waters of Langkawi illegally were detained about 1.30 pm today at the Teluk Burau beach here.

Langkawi police chief Supt Harrith Kam Abdullah said their 30-metre wooden boat neared the beach and a few refugees were seen jumping ashore and asking for water.

It is understood that the group, including women and children, set sail from Myanmar 12 days ago and were charged USD300 per person by an unknown agent, he said.

They have since been placed at the Langkawi police head quarters and will be transferred to the Immigration detention centre for further investigations, he added.

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