China fishermen detained by N. Korean boat released
May 22, 2012, 12:17 am TWN
BEIJING -- The Chinese Embassy in North Korea says Chinese fishermen detained there after their boats were hijacked have been released.
Chinese media said last week that a North Korean boat hijacked three boats with 29 Chinese fishermen on board on May 8. The media did not say who the captors were but said they demanded US$190,000 for the fishermen's release.
A statement on the Chinese Embassy website Sunday said that vessels and crew have been freed and are on their way back to China.
It did not mention if a payment was made. No other details were provided.
It was unclear if a territorial dispute or piracy was behind the incident involving boats from the two communist-led nations. China is the North's biggest diplomatic ally and source of economic assistance.