September 18, 2019 / 12:52 PM / a month ago

Russia detains 161 suspected poachers after attack, some wounded - RIA

A still image taken from video footage and released by Russia's Federal Security Service on September 18, 2019, shows a North Korean boat sailing during an incident in which Russian border guards had detained two North Korean vessels after one of them attacked a Russian patrol ship in the Sea of Japan on September 17, 2019. Federal Security Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is holding 161 suspected North Korean poachers who were detained in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday after one of the boats they were on attacked a Russian patrol, the RIA news agency said on Wednesday.

A Russian border patrol discovered two North Korean schooners and 11 motorboats fishing illegally off its far eastern coast on Tuesday and detained the first vessel, prompting the second one to open fire, Ria said, quoting Russia’s Federal Security Service.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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