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SEOUL, South Korea A South Korean-based group says North Korea has executed 70 defectors who were captured in China and sent back home.

The private Commission to Help North Korean Refugees says about eight or nine defectors were executed last month in public in one city and there were about 60 more killed elsewhere. It says North Korean officials are using the killings to set an "example" for their people.

More and more North Koreans have been fleeing to China in recent years. But the group says that number has dropped significantly since the executions.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry says it can't confirm the claims.

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