Philippine Military Reportedly Strafes Taiwan Fishing Boat, Killing 1
   2013-05-09 19:20:41    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

 

The photo shows the area where the attack happened on May 9, 2013. [Photo: Sohu]

 

The Philippine military strafed a Taiwan fishing boat about 170 nautical miles southeast of Taiwan's southern-most Pingtung County on Thursday, killing one person onboard, news.ifeng.com reports, quoting Taiwan media sources.

 

The boat, identified as "Guangdaxing 28" with four crew members - three Taiwan natives and one Indonesian - onboard, was attacked by a suspected Philippine warship when fishing in the area.

 

The fishermen tried for more than an hour to escape, the report said, but a 65-year-old crew member, identified as Hong Shicheng, was shot dead in the assault,while all equipment onboard was destroyed.

 

The rest of the crew is still on the boat. A fishing boat aiming to rescue them has set off for the waters from the county and is expected to return tomorrow, said the report.

 

The family of the victim has condemned the attack and requested compensation from the Philippines. They are also looking for help from local authorities.

 

Taiwan's foreign affairs department has expressed concerns to the Philippine side over the incident, while a spokesman said they are trying to confirm further details and related officials will reach the victim's family soon.

 

Meanwhile, the Taiwan Coast Guard Administration confirmed they have also ordered a ship to rush to the area to give help.

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