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Palau police shoot Chinese fisherman, police plane feared lost

Palau, Oceania — Over the course of the weekend, Palau’s police shot a Chinese fisherman believed to be illegally fishing in the economic zone of the tiny Micronesian nation. Three police staff, who were patrolling territorial waters in search of the Chinese fishing mothership, are feared missing as their plane was not heard from in over forty-eight hours.

The shooting occurred after the police tried to contact the boat and warn them to leave Palau’s territorial water, and subsequent warning shots being fired to again warn the boat away from the area.

Five Chinese fishermen were arrested following the shooting, and were charged with illegal fishing and unlawful entry. They may face up to two years in jail and be required to pay a US$50,000 fine if found guilty of entering Palau illegally.

Police officer Helenda Oimei is quoted by the Agence France-Presse in affidavit as saying, “The confrontation included an officer involved shooting and one of the six individuals on the green fishing boat later succumbed to injuries he obtained during the confrontation.”

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