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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

China probes North Korean seizure of fishermen

Officials say investigation launched into reports of capture of three vessels with 29 crew members near Dalian on May 8.

China's foreign ministry says it has launched an investigation into reports that a group of North Koreans seized three Chinese fishing vessels and took their 29 crew members hostage.

The ministry said on Wednesday that it is trying to obtain confirmation about the incident from North Korean authorities.

Chinese media reported that the seizures occurred near the city of Dalian, in Dandong province, on May 8.

The North Korean captors have reportedly forced the abducted fishermen to call their families and asked them to pay ransoms in order for them to be released.

On the morning of last Wednesday, an abducted crew member apparently made a phone call using an unidentifiable number, claiming that the captors were requesting ransom amounts in return for the release of the fishermen. Read More