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Malaysian navy foils pirate attack in South China Sea

Published on Jun 15, 2014 12:01 PM
 
A Royal Malaysian Navy personnel stands to attention before the arrival of Chief Of Royal Australian Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs at the Defence Ministry in Kuala Lumpur on May 12, 2014. Malaysia's navy has fought off a pirate attack on a tanker off its east coast in the South China Sea, the International Maritime Bureau said Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's navy has fought off a pirate attack on a tanker off its east coast in the South China Sea, the International Maritime Bureau said Sunday.

The Malaysian force was assisted by the Indonesian and Singaporean navies in fending off the attack late Saturday, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre.

The pirates fled the Singapore-managed tanker after navy patrol boats arrived before they could loot the vessel, the international body said.

"The Malaysian navy quickly dispatched a patrol boat and managed to intercept the tanker. Pirates managed to escape before the arrival of the naval boat," the IMB said in a report.

 
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