Russian border patrol agents were forced to open fire after attempting to stop a fishing vessel with North Korean crew on board for inspection.

But the crew resisted, according to the Russian Federal Security Service.

One Russian officer and nine North Korean fishermen were injured in the stand-off.

One of the injured fishermen later died in the hospital.

The incident happened late on Friday evening – according to the FSB statement, released online today.

A statement read: “During the search and control activities, guards found illegally-obtained water bio resources on board the vessel.

“The ship’s crew behaved aggressively towards members of the search group, refusing to comply with legal requirements.”

The vessel had 48 North Korean crew members on board.

After a search group was dispatched to the vessel, the ship attempted to leave Russia’s exclusive economic zone towards North Korea, FSB announced.

The Russian border guard vessel fired several “warning shots to stop” the North Korean ship, yet the vessel still continued its maneuver.

The crew of the North Korean vessel also tried to attack the FSB members already on board their vessel. As a result “one of the members of the search team sustained a head injury.”

Source: daily star