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China confirms death of all 8 Chinese police officers in Haiti quake

The bodies of all eight Chinese police officers buried under a collapsed building in the Haiti quake had been found as of early this morning Beijing time, the Ministry of Public Security said.

The first body was found at 4:30 pm Jan. 16 Beijing time after more than 80 hours of search and rescue work, and the other seven were retrieved from 10:42 pm to 3:56 am Jan. 17 under the joint efforts of the Chinese rescue team, the Chinese peacekeeping force in Haiti and several foreign rescue teams, the ministry's emergency response work team announced Sunday.

Of the victims, four were officers of China's peacekeeping force in Haiti and the rest were in a team sent by the ministry to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, for peacekeeping consultations, according to the ministry.

The team arrived in the Caribbean city Tuesday afternoon. The eight were meeting UN officials in a UN building when the 7.3-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, the bodies will be transferred back to China as soon as possible.


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