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US tourist held in North Korea "loves adventure", says attorney

Published on Jun 10, 2014 11:32 AM
 
Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photo released on June 9, 2014. The US tourist being held in North Korea loves adventure and new cultures, his family's attorney said in a statement on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US tourist being held in North Korea loves adventure and "new cultures," his family's attorney said in a statement on Monday.

North Korea said on Friday that the US citizen was detained for "hostile activities" after he reportedly left a bible at a hotel, bringing to three the number of Americans held by the reclusive regime including missionary Kenneth Bae.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a brief report that Jeffrey Edward Fowle was being questioned by authorities after violating visa regulations.

"Fifty-six-year-old Jeffrey Fowle, beloved husband of Tanya for 14 years, and father of three incredible children: Alex (12), Chris (10), and Stephanie (9), was traveling to North Korea on vacation as a part of a tour," attorney Timothy Tepe said in the release, carried on WHIO television.

 
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