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Pirates hit fourth ship off south Malaysia

Pirates hit fourth ship off south Malaysia

Johor: A Malaysian-registered tanker had become the fourth vessel to be hit by pirates off southern Johor this year. On April 17, at 0600 hrs, six pirates armed with swords and knives boarded the Malaysian-registered tanker, Semua Gembira, while it was at anchor off Tanjung Ayam in southern Malaysia. "The robbers tied up the greaser in the engine room, and stole the ship engine parts," anti-piracy centre ReCAAP said in a report. It is the fourth such incident in the area since January this year, and the third to take place under the cover of darkness of a Saturday. "Ship masters and crew are advised to maintain vigilance at all times when anchored in the area," the report said. [19/04/10]

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