Did Russian guards on "Nordic Fighter" kill a fisherman?

Russian marines employed as security guards on a Norwegian tanker may have shot and killed a person they believed to be a pirate back in 2011. The case has resulted in a tense situation between Yemen and Norway.

Photo: Foto: Brian Karmark

Was 38-year-old Yemenite Mohammed Ali Quanas a fisherman just doing his job, or was he a pirate who - along with several co-conspirators on board three small vessels - was about to attack Nordic American Tankers-owned vessel "Nordic Fighter."

The Russian guards, who had signed on to the ship earlier that same day, did not appear to have any doubts before firing and killing Ali Quanas, according to information from Yemeni sources. The case has now led to a tense relationship between Norway and Yemen, and the Middle Eastern country has sent several critical briefs to the Norwegian government about the events.

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