Saturday, August 23, 2014   

Malaysia hunts pirates after tanker hijacked
(06-12 17:20)

Malaysia is hunting for a group of machete-wielding pirates who hijacked a tanker off its eastern coast, stealing a million liters of oil, in the latest in a spate of attacks in its waters, an official said. Pirates hijacked the Malaysia-registered tanker MT Budi Mesra Dua last Saturday off Bintulu in the oil-rich Sarawak state as the ship sailed from neighboring Singapore.
''Ten machete-wielding pirates boarded the ship, which was carrying about a million liters of diesel. They took control of the tanker for about 10 hours,'' Mohamad Sufi Mohamad Ramli, a local commander with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said.
The armed pirates siphoned off the diesel fuel to another ship, robbed the crew of their valuables and destroyed communication equipment before escaping, he said.--AFP
   
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