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Chinese policeman killed in smuggling case

September 29, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese policeman died after about 20 Vietnamese citizens attacked him and other officers who had impounded a vessel suspected of smuggling in southern China, the local customs district said Monday.

Li Shunlin and seven other police officers were taking the impounded boat to a pier last week when a Vietnamese vessel entered Chinese territory on the Red River in Yunnan province and tried to ram the impounded boat, according to a statement by the Kunming Customs District.

It said the Vietnamese men were armed with long knives and iron rods and tried unsuccessfully to board the impounded boat.

The Vietnamese then threw rocks at Li and his comrades while trying to push the impounded boat into Vietnamese waters, the statement said.

Li was hit in the head, fell into the water and was swept away by the swift river current, the customs district said.

His body was recovered two days later on a riverbank in Vietnam and was brought back to China.

The Chinese customs district impounded five Vietnamese boats and their cargo, and some smuggling suspects were taken into custody, the statement said, without specifying whether they included the attackers and their boat.

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