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Pirates attack Malaysian oil tanker in South China Sea

Published on Jul 16, 2014 4:50 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Pirates attacked a Malaysian oil tanker in the Malacca Straits and siphoned off its load, the Malaysian navy and officials said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of hijackings raising tension in South-east Asia's busy sea lanes.

The attackers stole 2,500 metric tonnes of oil and damaged the navigation equipment of the MT Oriental Glory late on Tuesday.

The ship was headed from Singapore to a port in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah and all 15 crew were safe, an official with the Piracy Reporting Centre told Reuters.

Authorities recovered the ship on Wednesday afternoon.

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