Seafarers Held After Collision

Germany says two of its citizens were temporarily detained in India after  their ship was allegedly involved in a fatal collision with a local fishing  boat.

The Foreign Ministry says the two German seamen have been released on bail in  the port of Chennai while Indian authorities investigate the incident in which  one fisherman reportedly died.

Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that  the men were receiving consular assistance. It was unclear when the incident  happened.

Two Italian marines face trial in India over the deaths of two fishermen  killed last year. The Italians were guarding a cargo ship when they allegedly  mistook the fishermen for pirates. The incident has fueled tensions between the  two governments.

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