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Saturday, 31 August, 2002, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK
Blast hits Indonesian ship
An explosion has torn through a passenger ship in eastern Indonesia killing at least 20 of about 200 people on board, reports say.

The ship, the KM Kenangan, caught fire and exploded at 2100 local time on Friday (1300 GMT), half an hour after leaving the port of Baubau.

It was on its way from Baubau, on Buton island off the south-east coast of Sulawesi, to a nearby island.

At least 69 people have been rescued, but the ship's captain and one other crew member are among those unaccounted for.

Rescue workers are continuing to search for survivors as the exact number of passengers is not known.

Fewer than 50 people were listed on the ship's manifest.

Abdullah Arfah, a manager at the Baubau port, told AFP news agency the blast was an accident and came from the engine room. He was unable to say what had caused it.

Shipping accidents are common in Indonesia, where safety regulations are poorly enforced and ship owners say maintenance costs are too high.

Boats are the commonest means of transport between islands in the archipelago.

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