Indonesia detains ship with cargo of unregistered fertilizer

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Indonesian authorities say they have detained a ship carrying an unregistered cargo of nearly 30 tons of fertilizer that may have been intended for use in making illegal fishing bombs.

Explosives are sometimes used to stun fish so they can be easily gathered.

Officials said Thursday the ship was intercepted off the tourist island of Bali. It was headed for Selayar, an island off the southern coast of Sulawesi.

The director of the police economic crimes unit, Agus Setya, said there have been three similar cases since April in which police suspected fertilizer was to be used for making fishing explosives.

Local media reported last year that two women were killed in an explosion at a housing complex in South Sulawesi where police said fishing bombs were being made.