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At least two people died and 18 others were missing after an overloaded boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized off the coast of southern Malaysia, a maritime official said Tuesday. 

The official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the boat carrying around 80 people overturned and sank late Monday as a patrolling vessel was pursuing it off the state of Johor.

"The boat carried illegal immigrants going back to Indonesia" to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the official told AFP, adding that 59 people had been rescued.

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