Vietnam has launched an official investigation into the killing of a fisherman in disputed waters in the South China Sea.
Ly Tho, vice chairman of Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province, said the bullet-ridden fishing boat, carrying a crew of 13 members and the body of Truong Dinh Bay, docked at Sa Ky port on Tuesday, five days after it was attacked, Voice of America reported.
“The authorities are investigating the incident. They did a postmortem examination and got statements from the captain and others. The result will be announced once it is available,” Tho said.
Vietnamese media quoted Bui Van Cu, owner of the ship who was on board during the assault, as saying eight attackers on two speedboats approached, and Bay was shot twice as the crew tried to flee.
“They did not wear a uniform bearing the mark of any countries,” Cu said.
Earlier, Phan Huy Hoang, chairman of Quang Ngai Association of Fisheries, said the fishermen told him that Philippine bandits might be involved in the case.
An official at Binh Chau Commune, who declined to be named, said it has not been confirmed.
“For sure, they are foreign attackers, but their nationality is not known yet,” she said.
A spokesman for the Vietnam Foreign Ministry did not specify who carried out the raid.
He condemned “the inhumane killing, and the use of force against Vietnamese fishermen”.
“We have instructed Vietnamese diplomatic missions in nations that line the South China Sea to quickly probe the killing and to clarify this serious case,” he said.
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