HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has asked Malaysia to investigate a coast guard vessel that fired shots at two Vietnamese fishing boats, killing one fisherman.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the two Vietnamese boats entered Malaysian waters late Sunday and refused to stop when approached by the Malaysian coast guard vessel.
When the Malaysian vessel fired warning shots, the Vietnamese fishermen threw gasoline bombs and tried to ram it with their boats, leaving officials no choice but to fire at the boats in self-defense, it said in a statement Monday on Facebook. One Vietnamese fisherman died and 18 others were detained, it said.
Vietnam’s foreign ministry expressed concern to the Malaysian Embassy in Hanoi over the shooting.
“Vietnam asks Malaysian to verify and investigate the case, reprimand officers who killed the Vietnamese citizen and treat other Vietnamese fishermen and their properties in a humane way,” foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement late Monday.