24 Oct 2010

More boats of asylum seekers intercepted

8:59 am on 24 October 2010

A boat carrying 26 asylum seekers has been intercepted by the Australian Navy off Ashmore Islands in the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Wollongong intercepted the vessel 220 nautical miles east of Ashmore Islands on Friday night.

The ABC reports the group will be transferred to Christmas Island.

It was the second reported intercept this week. A boat with 88 asylum seekers on board was stopped by the Navy near Christmas Island on Thursday.

It was the 108th boat to arrive this year.