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Dozens injured in ferry explosion off Indonesia's

2015-06-06 16:10

Dozens of tourists were injured when small explosions hit a ferry crossing between the popular Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok, officials said Saturday.

The explosions were likely to have come from the fuel tank of the ferry, which was carrying 129 passengers on board, most of them tourists.

The boat had completed about one-third of its journey to the resort island of Bali from Senggigi in Lombok when the explosion took place on Friday afternoon.

Among those injured were passengers from Australia, France, Italy, US, UK and New Zealand.

A spokesperson for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that four Australians were hospitalized and that all have been released from hospital.

The Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is heavily dependent on ferry services but the industry has a poor safety record and fatal accidents are common.

 

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