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Indonesia saves 120 Afghans from leaking ship

Afghan migrants wait on a tanker that rescued them at a port in Cilegon, Banten province, Indonesia, Monday, April 9, 2012. Indonesia says it has rescued 120 Afghan migrants from a leaking wooden ship headed to Australia after receiving a distress call from the ship's captain on Sunday and went to their aid. Afghan migrants wait on a tanker that rescued them at a port in Cilegon, Banten province, Indonesia, Monday, April 9, 2012. Indonesia says it has rescued 120 Afghan migrants from a leaking wooden ship headed to Australia after receiving a distress call from the ship's captain on Sunday and went to their aid. (AP Photo)
April 9, 2012
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JAKARTA, Indonesia—Indonesia says it has rescued 120 Afghan migrants from a leaking wooden ship headed to Australia.

An official called Joko from the National Search and Rescue Agency says they received a distress call from the ship's captain on Sunday and went to their aid. The Afghans were taken by tanker to a port on the western side of Indonesia's Java Island.

Witnesses said Monday that police were still negotiating with the migrants who were refusing to leave the tanker.

Joko says they will be handed over to immigration officers. Migrants without legal documents are usually deported home while others may apply for asylum.

Migrants from conflict-ridden countries have long used Indonesia's thousands of islands as a transit point for their way to Australia.

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