SEOUL: A Chinese fisherman died yesterday after being hit by a rubber bullet during a raid by South Korean coastguard commandos on illegal fishing in the Yellow Sea, officials said.
The 44-year-old was declared dead around 6pm (0900 GMT), hours after he was rushed by helicopter to a hospital in the southwestern port of Mokpo, a coastguard spokesman said. “We believe a rubber bullet hit his chest during a raid by coastguard commandos to stop illegal fishing,” he said.
Some 30 Chinese boats were illegally fishing in South Korean waters near Hongdo island when a 3,000-tonne coastguard ship launched the operation, he said.
“Coastguard officers used rubber bullets to control the Chinese sailors who brandished knives and other deadly weapons,” the spokesman said, adding two boats with an unknown number of crew were seized.
Japan police find three bodies in house
TOKYO: Police in Japan probing the disappearance of seven people said yesterday they had found three badly decomposed bodies in a house and were still looking to see if they would unearth more. A major operation was under way after two naked female corpses were discovered at the house in Hyogo prefecture in western Japan over the weekend. A third body was pulled out from under the property late Monday.
The bodies are so badly decayed officers have so far been unable to identify them, said a spokesman for Hyogo police.
Police are reportedly probing connections with Miyoko Sumida, who has been indicted for beating to death a 66-year-old woman.