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Russian boat fires on Japanese fishing vessel

Updated: August 16, 2006, 5:16 PM ET
By Hiroko Tabuchi | Associated Press — Aug. 16, 2006

TOKYO — A Russian patrol boat opened fire on a Japanese vessel in disputed waters Wednesday, killing a fisherman and prompting a strong protest from Tokyo. Moscow urged Japanese boats to stay out of its waters, the Japanese government said.

The crab fisherman was shot and killed near Kaigara island, one of several islands off the northeast tip of Hokkaido that are administered by Russia and claimed by Japan. Russia's regional border patrol said he suffered a "fatal shot in the head." ...

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