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Fiji police probe graphic video apparently showing fishermen being shot dead at sea

Published on Aug 19, 2014 3:23 PM

SUVA, Fiji (AFP) - Fiji police on Tuesday asked Interpol for help investigating whether graphic footage posted online claiming to show fishermen being shot dead at sea off the South Pacific nation was genuine.

The 10-minute video shows four men clinging to what appears to be an upturned boat as gunmen on at least three vessels circling around them open fire, eventually killing all of them.

The footage was posted on YouTube this week under the title "Fishing vessel fijian crew gettin shot, outside fiji waters".

Fiji Police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri said it was too early to say whether the footage was genuine and the authorities in Suva were seeking help from Interpol and other Pacific nations to test its veracity. "There is no clear evidence to identify the victims as Fijian citizens, nor is there a clear indication of where or when this gruesome incident took place," he told AFP. "Therefore the Fiji Police Force is seeking the assistance of Interpol and neighbouring police forces to help firmly establish the facts of this case."

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