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Malaysia police: Pirates may be hiding in nearby foreign waters

Published on Apr 25, 2014 2:00 PM
The Japanese oil tanker which was raided by armed pirates sails at Port Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police here are now looking for the possible hideouts of the pirates who raided the Japanese vessel Naniwa Maru I and escaped with three million litres of diesel.

"We have not rejected the possibility that the two vessels are berthed in nearby foreign waters inclu­ding Indonesia," said Federal Marine Police deputy commander Asst Comm Abdul Rahim Abdullah.

He said Bukit Aman would be solely responsible for investigating the case but would receive aid in the form of information and intelligence from their counterparts including Interpol, Aseanapol, Thai and Singa­porean police and coast guards.

"So far we have yet to establish contact with the victims or the Singaporean shipping agency.

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