Aus Navy intercepts boat carrying 23 asylum seekers

The vessel, carrying 21 passengers and two crew, was intercepted on Saturday.

Updated: Aug 22, 2010, 14:27 PM IST

Melbourne: Australian Navy has intercepted another boat carrying 23 suspected asylum seekers near its northwest coast, the fourth within a week.

Home Affairs Minister Brendan O`Connor said that the vessel, carrying 21 passengers and two crew, was intercepted yesterday near the Ashmore Islands, according to an AAP report.

The passengers and crew will be taken to the offshore processing centre at Christmas island to undergo security, identity and health checks.
On Thursday, Australian Navy intercepted a vessel, carrying 31 passengers and three crew, on its waters. Faced with an unending flow of asylum seekers, Australian government has mooted the idea of establishing an asylum seeker processing facility in East Timor.

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