Filipino fishermen accuse China of firing on their vessel

A group of Filipino fishermen have accused China's coast guard of shooting at their vessel in disputed South China Sea waters, authorities said Friday. Officials said they were investigating the reported attack on the Princess Johann boat, which the crew said occurred near a Chinese-occupied section of the Spratly archipelago on March 27. There were no casualties during the incident, authorities added. "(Princess Johann) was reportedly fired upon seven times by a Chinese speedboat with seven Chinese coast guards on board," the Philippine Coast Guard statement said. The armed speedboat approached the Filipino vessel after it dropped anchor about 3.7 kilometers (two nautical mi...

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