BEIJING (AP) -- The British Embassy in Beijing said Wednesday that 11 Britons had been detained in northern China and that it was trying to find out why.
The embassy cited a British Foreign Office a statement that said nine Britons and two dual British-South African nationals had been detained in northern China and that it was "seeking further clarification" on the reason. It said British consular staff members had visited the group and were talking with Chinese authorities.
It said six of those detained were likely to be deported soon, but had no further details.
A South African disaster response agency, Gift of the Givers, said that those detained were part of a tour group of 20 people, comprising nine Britons, 10 South Africans and one Indian. It said they were detained last Friday in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and that no reason had been given at the time.
It also said nine members of the group were believed to have been watching videos deemed terror propaganda in their hotel rooms and that they would be further detained, but that the other 11 would be deported this week.
Asked to confirm whether South Africans, Britons and an Indian national had been detained on Friday at the Ordos airport, a press officer at the Ordos police bureau said the case was under investigation and refused to give any details.