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Myanmar refugee drowns off Langkawi

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KUALA LUMPUR - A refugee from Myanmar drowned and two others were injured off Malaysia when the captain of their boat forced hundreds of them to swim ashore, news reports said Monday. 

The critically injured men were hospitalised, while the other 449 members of the group were taken to an immigration detention centre, the Star daily quoted Harrith Kam Abdullah, police chief of Langkawi island, as saying.

Langkawi lies off the west coast of Malaysia near the Thai border in Satun province.

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