04 Mar '11, 2am

S.Korea coastguard shoots China crewman

S.Korea coastguard shoots China crewman

SEOUL: South Korea's coastguard has shot and wounded a Chinese crewman after coming under attack aboard a boat suspected of illegal fishing, Yonhap news agency reported Friday. The agency, quoting coastguard officials, said the shooting happened after the 30-ton vessel and another Chinese fishing boat were captured Thursday about 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of the west coast town of Taean. Coastguard spokesmen could not immediately be reached for confirmation of the incident, which would mark the first time the South has opened fire. Yonhap said coastguard officers boarded the boats, which were suspected of fishing 11 kilometres inside South Korea's exclusive economic zone, but faced tough resistance from weapons-wielding Chinese crewmen. It said officers opened fire, wounding one crewman in the leg and capturing a total of 10 crew members. One South Korean officer...

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