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Chinese captain claims fired on by Philippines: Xinhua

Published on May 8, 2014 6:54 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - The skipper of a Chinese fishing boat claimed on Thursday that his vessel was shot at by Philippine police as 11 fishermen aboard another were seized, state media reported.

"They rushed toward us in a boat and fired at us," He Junting, captain of the Qiongqionghai 03168, said of Tuesday's events, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Philippine National Police official Noel Vargas denied the accusation, telling reporters: "I don't know where they got their information.

"As far as the PNP (Philippine National Police) side is concerned, we did not fire any shots." The allegation and denial came after Philippine police arrested the 11 fishermen in the South China Sea and impounded their ship as part of what Manila calls efforts to protect its resources and enforce its laws.

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