Vietnam has accused Thai officials of attacking its fishing boats, saying one fisherman was killed and two others were injured.
State media reported Friday that the fisherman was killed and the others were injured when they were attacked by a Thai vessel identified as Thai Police 528 in separate incidents last week. They said the fishing boats were operating illegally in Thai waters when the incidents happened.
The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh as saying several boats were fishing illegally in Thai waters when the Thai vessel used weapons to chase them away.
“Vietnam strongly condemns these inhumane acts, the use of force or threat to use force against Vietnamese fishermen,” he said.
Binh said the Vietnamese government has asked Thailand to investigate the incidents, punish those involved and compensate the fishermen.
Fishing disputes are common in the region as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have overlapping sea areas.