Philippines hands over suspected Chinese attackers

Philippines says two Chinese suspects of restaurant attack handed over to China due to holding diplomatic immunity

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

The consular officer (L) and her husband (R, with handcuffs), suspects in the shooting of Chinese consul general Song Ronghua at a restaurant, talk to an interpreter (C) at a police station in Cebu, Philippines, October 21, 2015.

Two Chinese diplomats suspected of killing two of their colleagues and wounding the consul general in a restaurant attack on Wednesday have been handed over to China, Philippines authorities said.

"They [the suspects] already left last night, direct flight from Cebu to Xiamen," Philippines Foreign Ministry spokesman Charles Jose told Agence France Presse, referring to the southern Chinese city.

"Yes, they will be prosecuted in China," he added.

Deputy consul Sun Shen and finance officer Li Hui of the Chinese consulate were killed and consul general Song Ronghua was wounded in the attack that took place during a birthday lunch in a private room of a restaurant in the city of Cebu.

Guo Jing, a Chinese woman working at the consulate, and her husband, Li Qing Liang, have been indentified by police as the suspects. Police said the man shot and killed both diplomats.

Chinese embassy spokeswoman Li Lingxiao told AFP that she had no comment to make on the Filipino government's announcement.

The diplomats hold diplomatic immunity.

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