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S. Korea: Fishermen Who Fled North Killed 16

Two men have been deported to North Korea
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2019 4:41 AM CST
A North Korean wooden ship sails to the North in the sea off South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Bae Jae-Man)
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(Newser) – South Korea says it has deported two North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen on a squid fishing boat and fled to South Korea. South Korea's Unification Ministry said Thursday the two North Koreans were initially found aboard a boat south of the sea border last Saturday. Ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min says South Korea expelled them to North Korea via an inter-Korean border village on Thursday after an investigation found that they had killed their colleagues, the AP reports.

He says Seoul had earlier informed Pyongyang of their planned deportations. The BBC reports that according to the Yonhap news agency, the men confessed to killing the boat's captain because of harsh treatment and then killing protesting colleagues one by one. They said a third man involved in the killings was captured by police. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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