‘Four Killed’ in Illegal Fishing Row on Lake Victoria

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'Four Killed' in Illegal Fishing Row on Lake Victoria
'Four Killed' in Illegal Fishing Row on Lake Victoria

A policeman and three villagers have been killed in a gunfight between law enforcers and locals accused of illegally fishing on Lake Victoria, AFP news agency is quoting an official as saying.

The governor of Tanzania’s Mwanza region John Mongella told ITV Television that a fight broke out between local fisherman and a police unit battling illegal fishing.

“Shots were fired, killing three villagers. The villagers then shot the person heading the patrol unit,” said Mr Mongella.

Tanzanian authorities have stepped up patrols on the lake because of problems with over fishing.

Last year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said plant and animal life in the lake was being “decimated”, with 20% of species facing extinction due to climate change, industrial and agricultural pollution, and poor fishing practices.

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