Indonesia defends shooting at Taiwanese fishing boats

Jakarta – Indonesia admitted Thursday that one of its patrol boats fired on two Taiwanese fishing vessels in the Strait of Malacca, but insisted it was an act of self-defence.

It was the latest example of Jakarta taking a tougher approach to defending its waters, just days after an Indonesian patrol boat in the South China Sea attempted to detain a Chinese trawler it accused of illegally fishing in its waters.

The Taiwanese tuna longliners were passing the north of Sumatra island Monday when an Indonesian patrol boat spotted the vessels, and became suspicious they had been fishing illegally.

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