Quake in Indonesia

JAKARTA: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 struck off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Sunday, causing residents to flee coastal areas in fear of a tsunami, the US geological survey and local officials said. Indonesian officials recorded the quake at 6.6 and said it had the potential to trigger a tsunami. They later said it did not trigger any destructive waves and told residents to return home. There were no reports of damage or injuries.— AP

8 Maoists shot dead

HYDERABAD: Eight suspected Maoist rebels, including four women, were shot dead on Sunday in a gunbattle with police in Andhra Pradesh, police said. “Eight Maoists died on the spot while others managed to flee,” N Balasubrahmanyam, local superintendent of police, told AFP by telephone from Prakasam. — AFP

Suspects detained

MUMBAI: Indian police detained a Mumbai-based doctor and a software engineer for questioning in connection with the Mumbai train blasts that killed more than 200 people, reports said on Sunday. The doctor allegedly has links to the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India. — AP